The organized Labour under the auspices of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has cautioned the President Mohammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of the implications of listening to unsolicited advice coming from some uninformed quarters to cut salary of poorly paid civil servants as part of the move to cut the cost of governance.
The association in a statement signed by the National President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and the Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, on Sunday stated that it is criminal for anybody or group of persons to contemplate cutting down the salaries of civil servants who are already underpaid in a country where the government has reneged in all its social responsibilities to the citizenry.
Part of the statement read:”Any attempt by the new government to reduce the salaries of workers will be viewed as an invitation for war by the labour movement. As we speak, many states owed civil servants bulk of monthly salaries and other rightful entitlements and yet, these workers are expected to come to work by magic, feed their families, stay healthy, pay children school fees and rent”.
“It must be recognised that civil servants pay has lost its value since the last increment done in 2010. The subsidy removal, devaluation of the naira and the high rate of infrastructural decay has continued to rob innocent civil servants the value of their money despite being paid peanut,” the union lamented.