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Labour offers Rivers authorities seven days ultimatum over new minimal wage


Wokers have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Rivers State authorities to resolve the problems regarding implementation of the brand new nationwide minimal wage or threat industrial motion.

A supply within the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) advised The Guardian that the seven-day ultimatum took impact from Monday, March 16, 2020.She defined that the choice, which could culminate within the strike starting from Monday, March 23, 2020, was reached after an in depth deliberation of the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Councils of Rivers State in Port Harcourt.

A joint assertion endorsed by the state Secretary of NLC, Matthew Olabe, his TUC counterpart, Prince Ndukwe, and Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Opuwari Ogbada, affirmed the choice to proceed on strike ought to the state authorities fail to do the needful.

The unions lamented and expressed disapproval on the non-seriousness of the Rivers State authorities to resolve points regarding implementation of the brand new nationwide minimal wage.

Labour mentioned it was regrettable that despite the alternatives for a negotiated decision of the problems by its state management and even by way of the intervention of the nationwide management, the authorities have remained adamant.

The unions listed a few of the contending points between them and the state authorities to incorporate, reconvening the negotiating staff on implementation of the brand new minimal wage; non-implementation of promotion and annual incremental advantages since 2015, in addition to fee of excellent wage arrears to some staff for February and March 2016 and October 2017.

Others are, non-payment of pension and gratuity to retirees, disappearance of the N100 million staff revolving housing/automotive mortgage scheme and instant elimination of the retired head of service and different retired heads of ministries, departments and companies (MDAs).

Labour declared that if the state authorities failed to point out severe dedication to amicable decision of the problems, on the expiration of the seven-day discover, it could embark on an indefinite strike motion with out additional discover from midnight of Monday, March 23, 2020.

The relationship between the state authorities and labour has been frosty over the implementation of the brand new nationwide minimal, which Governor Nyesom Wike had authorised its implementation.

The Guardian recalled that the NLC had accused the State Bureau for Special Projects of sealing up its secretariat in February because of points referring to minimal wage.

But, Special Adviser, Special Projects and Head Bureau for Special Projects, Dax George-Kelly, mentioned this as unfaithful.He mentioned the contractor of NLC secretariat which was being constructed by the state authorities, had reported a structural defect to the Bureau, which have to be instantly corrected to keep away from additional deterioration and threat of incidents.

He famous that the Bureau needed to act swiftly by sealing-off the NLC workplace and gave the contractor the go-ahead to conduct a radical structural integrity analysis in liaison with its inside consultants.

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