Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) workers at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja, have gone on strike following the non-payment of their salaries which they said are for three months.
DailyTrust Correspondent gathered that the workers, who are mostly youths working as cleaners and messengers, commenced the strike on Tuesday, after all other means to get their pay failed to yield positive results.
The party’s national secretariat was very dirty when our reporter visited it as the striking workers refused to perform their duties.
Some of them who came to the secretariat were seen sitting idle, wearing sad look on their faces and complaining that they had been spending their monies on transportation to the secretariat for the past three months without payment.
One of them who looked very hungry and tired told our correspondent on condition of anonymity that their major fear is that the PDP had been defeated in the March 28 presidential election and may not settle them even though they had done their job.
He said the party is paying them N14, 000 each as monthly salary, adding that even when they were being paid in the past, the salary used to come late.
“I am tired of this place. We have decided that strike is the best option for us now because they don’t want to pay us. You can see how the environment is today. We are not working.
“We are collecting only N14,000 each from the party as monthly salary but they have not paid us for the past three months, and you know we are very junior staff. We don’t have long legs like others and we can’t carry placards or banners to protest, so we want our salaries paid,” he said.
He called on the party’s national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu to address the situation, describing it as sad and unfortunate.
However, calls put to the PDP national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, to confirm the development were unsuccessful.