RIVER STATE GOVERNMENT REASURED LABOUR ON WORKERS WELFARE
Written by miebaka ikiriko on September 9, 2020
Organized Labour has suspended its planned protest scheduled for Tuesday September 8, in Port Harcourt following disagreement between workers of the state and government over non-payment of workers entitlements.
The suspension followed an agreement reached on the contending issues during an overnight meeting with the state government at government House, Port Harcourt.
Addressing Journalists at the end of the meeting, the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the state government had shown commitment to address the issue reached in the resolution during the meeting.
Comrade Wabba noted that the state government had agreed to sign the agreement on Minimum Wage as well as unseal the state NLC Secretariat in the resolutions signed by Secretary to the state government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, Head of Service of the state Civil Service, Rufus Godwins, commissioner for Information and communications, Paulinus Nsirim and the Executive Assistant to the Government on Research and Documentation Dr. Ayebaesin Beredugo on behalf of the state Government and the NLC General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, TUC Secretary general, Musa Lawal, State Charman, NLC Mrs Beatrice Itubo, State Chairman, TUC Austin Jonah, joint public Service Negotiation Council, Chuku Emecheta, and state Secretary General, TUC Obi Fortune on behalf of the Organized Labour.
The NLC President also stated that the parties agreed to set up a tripartite committee to discuss all outstanding issue in contention including payment of pension and gratuity.
He added that the organized labour and the state government also agreed to withdraw all pending court cases that arose from the dispute.
Meanwhile, the State Head of Service, Rufus Godwin has expressed the willingness of the government to abide by the agreement and urged workers to report to their various duty post and carry out their normal duties.