The state government proposed that workers should be paid 70% of their salaries, a decision opposed by the organized labour force.
Secretary to Niger State, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, claimed in a statement that the reduction in salaries was not a slash, but that the state was unable to reach 100% of the salaries.
“What we discussed with the organized Labor was that because of the recession, our FAAC allocation has dropped to a level where we would not be able to pay 100 percent of the salary.
“We called their attention to this, we opened our books in terms of how much we received, the existing commitments and what is left over,” he said.
Matane mentioned that there will be a meeting with Labour leaders on Thursday November 26 to discuss the next decisions to take.