Local Government workers in Plateau State on Tuesday continued their protests over the new minimum wage as they barricaded the state secretariat, causing anxiety across the state.
It was learnt that Tuesday’s protest by the workers was in continuation of the one they started about three weeks ago over the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage by the state government.
It was further gathered that attempts by some state civil servants who reported for work on Tuesday morning to gain entry into their offices at the secretariat were resisted by the LG workers who shut the gates and chased them away.
Following the incident, some policemen from the command headquarters were deployed in the secretariat to prevent a break down of the law and order.
When Reporter visited the Secretariat around 3.30pm on Tuesday, the protesting workers had converted the Roundabout in front of the secretariat to a musical ground. They were seen singing and dancing while many of them laid on the ground due to exhaustion accusing the governor of maltreatment.
The Vice-Chairman of the National Union of Local Government Employees, Bokkos LGA, Mr Barnabas Phillip, told Journalist in Jos on Tuesday that the LG aggrieved workers were determined not to allow any activity at the secretariat by the state workers.
The union leader who accused the state workers of not showing solidarity with their plight vowed that the LG workers would continue with the protests until their demands were met.
Philip said, “For the past three weeks, we have been protesting and calling on the governor to pay us our N30, 000 minimum wage to no avail.
“As it is, We will not stop the protests because he (Governor Lalong ) assured us in 2015 that he would not allow two salary structures for civil servants in the state. But what we are experiencing now is a departure from that promise.
“Instead of honouring his promise, the governor has decided to implement the N30, 000 minimum wage for the state civil servants only while the Local Government workers are left out.
“That is injustice and we will not allow that to continue. So in a bid to press home our demand, we have decided to take our battle to the state secretariat and make sure that our counterparts in the state civil service are prevented from working because an injury to one is an injury to all.”