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NLC, TUC call off planned strike in Rivers

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have called off their planned strike action in Rivers State.

This was made known on Tuesday morning by President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba.

The labour unions called off the planned strike action following an eight-point agreement it reached with the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration on Monday night.

At the meeting that took place at the Executive Council Chambers of the state government house and attended by national and state representatives of the NLC and TUC, the state government accepted to meet some of the demands of the workers.

They resolved to form a tripartite committee that would address the unions’ remaining demands.

The eight agreements 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.

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“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.”

Others were “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.”

Those who signed the agreement on the side of the state are the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Tammy Danagogo; the State Head of Service, Rufus Godwins; State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim; and the Executive Assistant to the State Governor, Dr. Ayebaesin Beredugo.

For the labour, the Secretary-General of the NLC, Emmanuel Ugboaja; Secretary General of TUC, Musa Lawal; State NLC Chairman, Beatrice Itubo; her counterpart in the TUC, Austin Jonah; State TUC Secretary, Obi Fortune; and Chukwu Emecheta of LPSNC, Rivers State, signed the agreement.

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