NLC Suspends Planned Protest in Rivers State

Nyesom Wike

The Nigeria Labour Congress has suspended the planned protest scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in Rivers State. This is coming after the Rivers State government and the Labour reached an agreement at a meeting held at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Monday.

The agreement which was read by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba says the parties agreed to sign the agreement on the implementation of the new national minimum wage and consequential adjustments.

Comrade Wabba also announced that the NLC secretariat which was sealed for correction of correctional defects would be unsealed while government continues with correction work, if there is any.

The President of the Congress stated that the government would “immediately restore the remittance of check-off dues and pay all outstanding arrears to the respective labour unions”. Salaries witheld from health workers due to the 2017 strike action would also be paid by the government.

According to the NLC President, both parties agreed to the “Setting up of tripartite committee. Parties to set up a tripartite committee to discuss and resolve all other outstanding issues including (1) adjustment of pensions in line with the Constitution and (2) payment of pension and gratuity”.

He also added that “No worker will be victimised on account of his or her actions, and or involvement in the industrial dispute with the Rivers State Government” .

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