Organised Labour Cancels Planned Protest In Rivers


The Organised Labour in Rivers State has suspended its planned protest, following an eight-point agreement reached with the State Government on Monday night.

National and state representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress attended the meeting held at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House.

The Governor Nyesom Wike-led state government agreed to meet some of the demands of the workers while other issues would be addressed by the tripartite committee subsequently formed.

The agreement reached by the two parties include, “Signing of an understanding on the new minimum wage. Parties have agreed to sign the agreement on the implementation of the new national minimum wage and consequential agreement.

“Unsealing of the State NLC secretariat. The NLC secretariat which was sealed for the correction will immediately be unsealed while the government continues with the correctional work if any.

“Payment of check-off dues. The Rivers State Government shall immediately restore the remittance of check-off dues and pay all outstanding arrears to the respective labour unions.

“Payment of outstanding health workers salaries. Rivers State Government commits to the payment of salaries withheld from health workers due to the 2017 strike action.

“Suspension of planned protest action. Organised labour agree to immediately suspend the planned protest scheduled for Tuesday 8th September 2020.

“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.

“Parties shall take step to discontinue all ongoing litigations in relation to the disputed matters.

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

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