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Federal workers, under the auspices of the Federal Workers Forum (FWF), have declared that they will embark on continuous peaceful protests and demonstrations nationwide, starting from June 24th, over the non-payment of their outstanding three-month wage awards.

According to a communiqué issued by the National Coordinator, Comrade Andrew Emelieze, the federal government stopped paying wage awards to federal workers nearly four months ago, despite repeated pleas to resume the payments. The workers lamented that they are experiencing unimaginable hardship since the removal of the fuel subsidy.

“We, therefore, resolve to embark on continuous peaceful protests and demonstrations in all federal government secretariats nationwide. These protests will become a ritual until the welfare needs of the federal workers and pensioners are addressed,” the communiqué stated.

According to Daily Post, The workers condemned the idea of retired federal workers waiting for over a year before receiving their pensions and gratuities, and urged federal workers to recognize their fundamental human right to protest. “We are citizens, not slaves. Enough of this exploitation of the vulnerable. The government has cheated us enough. Pay us what you owe us. We have worked for it; we are not beggars,” the communiqué read.

The protests, which will commence on June 24th, will continue until the issues of the wage award and the new national minimum wage are resolved. The workers called for the support and solidarity of all industrial unions, the NLC, and the TUC, as they embark on this marathon session of peaceful protests and demonstrations across the federation

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