By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.

The Joint Committee of the Public Complaints Commission ( PCC)  has shut the headquarters of the commission and the 36 states offices across the country.

The action is in protest of non-implementation of the new minimum wage structure and the outstanding of 17 months backlog of salary.

The joint union is made up of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria and Nigeria Civil Service Union.

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Speaking at the protest, Vice Chairman, Nigeria Civil Service Union Federal Council, Comrade Isa Usman said PCC under the presidency is yet to paid the minimum wage despite engagement with management at various levels.

He said the ultimatum given to the federal government lapse yesterday (Tuesday) and since the government failed to live up to its responsibilities the union will continue to occupy the gate of the commission until workers are paid.

Comrade Isa added that if their demands are not met, the next step will be total strike action.

The protesters also condemned the poor funding of the various Public Complaints Commission offices across the country adding that while they are fighting for the rights of other Nigerians, their own rights are being trampled on by government.

Comrade Margaret Ibekwu who is the chairperson of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PCC Chapter) is not happy that the PCC has become a wiping child for the government. She urged the minister of finance to commence immediate payment arrears and minimum wage of the workers.

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