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Labour Unions Call Off Strike As Rivers State Goverment Accepts Demands!

Labour Unions Call Off Strike As Rivers State Goverment Accepts Demands!

After hours of deliberations and negotiations with Rivers State Goverment, the organised labour, Monday night,called off its impending strike action in Port-Harcourt, capital of oil-rich Rivers State.

Members of the organised labour had stormed the State on Monday to make good their threat to paralyze civil, social, commercial and economic activities in the State following the inability of the State Government to meet the demands of workers.

The State Government which had hitherto threatened fire and brimstone including obtaining a Court injunction to stop the planned mass action,capitulated and opted to jaw-jaw with the labour leaders when push came to shove.

At the end of the day, the unionists achieved over seventy percent of their demands that bothered on payment of outstanding salary arears especially to healthcare workers, payment of pension and gratuity to retired workers, promotion arears since 2015, payment of the new national minimum wage amongst others.

Although the issue of promotion was not mentioned in the agreement reached and signed by the parties, sources at the parley told Themeteornews that it would be an intergral part of the discussion when proper negotiations begin.

According to the source,
“If they made demands as a condition for the protest and 70% of the demands have been addressed, there will be no need for the protest.

As long as this issue is concerned, NLC won this war. For Wike to accept their demands, it means that all the allegations against him by the organised labour is true.”

“This is a victory for the NLC and workers in Rivers State. It is not easy for government to succumb and accept the demands of labour after all the threats and injunction to stop the protests.”

“The fact remains the State Government chickened out when the chickens came home to roost. It is a plus for labour to commit the State Government into signing a tripartite agreement,” the source concluded.

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