Labour suspends strike action in Rivers state – From Chukwudi Ejimofor

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    Governor Nyesom Wike

    The Organized Labour has suspended its planned strike scheduled to begin today, September 8, 2020 in Rivers state.

    This is sequel to the agreement reached between the Rivers state Government and Labour at a meeting held at Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital. 

    The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who read the agreement, said the parties agreed to sign the agreement on the implementation of the new national minimum wage and consequential adjustments. 

    Comrade Wabba announced that the state NLC secretariat that was sealed for the correction of structural defects would be unsealed while the government continues with correction work, if any.

    He stated that the state government would immediately restore the remittance of check-off dues and pay all outstanding arrears to the respective labour unions.

    According to him, government would pay the salaries withheld from health workers due to the 2017 strike action them embarked upon.

    The NLC President also said the parties agreed to set up a tripartite committee to resolve the adjustment of pensions in line with the Constitution and payment of pension and gratuity. 

    According to him, the parties agreed to take steps to discontinue all on-going litigations in relation to hitherto disputed matters.

    Comrade Ayuba Wabba NLC president

    Comrade Wabba added that no worker would be victimised on account of his or her involvement in the industrial dispute with the state government. 

    He commended Governor Nyesom Wike, for his statesmanship that facilitated the resolution of the dispute.

    Dr. Tammy Danagogo, secretary to the State Government, Rufus Godwins, head of service, Paulinus Nsirim, commissioner for information and communications and Dr. Ayebaesin Beredugo signed on behalf of Rivers state government. 

    Emmanuel Ugboaja, general  secretary, NLC, Musa Lawal, secretary general, TUC, Mrs. Beatrice Itubo, chairman, NLC, Rivers state, Austin Jonah, chairman, TUC, Rivers state, Chuku Emecheta, JPSNC, Rivers state and Obi Fortune, secretary general, TUC, Rivers state signed on behalf of the Organized Labour. 

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