Organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Rivers State has suspended its planned protest after reaching a last minute agreement with the state government.
According to the President Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabb, after a late night meeting which lasted for several hours with the state government on Monday, the state government caved in to their requests; hence, the protest scheduled for Tuesday has been suspended.
The unions raised pending issues with the state government, centred on the new minimum wage, payment of outstanding health workers salaries, unsealing of the NLC secretariat among other concerns.
After the meeting, the government agreed to immediately unseal the NLC Secretariat in Portharcourt, set up a tripartite committee for the implementation of the new national minimum wage for workers, to pay of arrears of pension to pensioners amongst other demands.
Wabba also said other issues raised, like the remittance of check-off dues, will be immediately restored.
“The Rivers State government shall immediately restore the remittance of check-off dues and pay all outstanding arrears to the respective trade unions.
“Rivers State government commits to the payment of salaries withheld from health workers due to the 2017 strike action,” he stated.
He added that the organised labour and Rivers State Government have also agreed to withdraw all pending Court cases that arose from the dispute and that no worker will be victimised based on the roles played in the industrial dispute.