Uneasy calm rages within the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as the teeming workers across the federation have given the management 21 days ultimatum within which to effect improvement in their conditions of service.
In the alternative, the workers have threatened to down tools nationwide.
This is the outcome of the just-concluded meeting of the NYSC National Coordinating Committee of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service, technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), which has been negotiating with management on the issues at stake.
A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, which was jointly signed by Comrades Olufemi Wahab and Isaac Maikur, Chairman and Secretary respectively, lamented that the NYSC Director General, Brig.-Gen. Nnamdi Okorie-Affia was yet to respond to the series of letters from the union, in which they had catalogued their grievances, particularly as regards the welfare of the workers.
Notable amongst their grievances, according to the communiqué, include the subsisting NYSC Conditions of Service which they alleged was defective; the continued non-payment of 28 days in lieu of Hotel Accommodation for officers on transfer; short payments of transfer claims of some officers; the slashing to 50 per cent of the passing out allowances to staff during the last passing out without any previous negotiation or information; as well as the demand for an upward review of the camp allowance for subsequent orientation programmes.
The communique however urged the Director General and the management of the NYSC Scheme to “see the Union as a stakeholder and not as enemy in order to ensure good, industrial and harmonious relationship.”