The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its planned protest in Rivers State after it reached an agreement with the state government.
Recall that the NLC had on Monday vowed to go ahead with its protest scheduled to take place today in the state. The congress said despite the “so called” court injunction secured by the state government against the protest, it would not relent in its fight for the rights of its members.
But in a statement on Tuesday, Commissioner for Information and Communications, Rivers State, Paulinus Nsirim, said officials of NLC led by its National President, Ayuba Wabba, had reached an agreement with the government in a meeting at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Wabba was said to have read the agreement on the implementation of the new national minimum wage and consequential adjustments, saying the parties to the dispute agreed to sign it.
He stated that the state NLC secretariat sealed for correction of structural defects would be unsealed while the government would continue with the repair work.
The labour leader said the state government would immediately restore the remittance of check-off dues and pay all outstanding arrears to the respective labour unions.
He also said the parties agreed to set up a tripartite committee to resolve the adjustment of pensions in line with the constitution and payment of Pension and Gratuity.
Wabba said the parties agreed to take steps to discontinue all ongoing litigations in relation to hitherto disputed matters.
He added that no worker would be victimised for their involvement in the industrial dispute with the government.
According to the statement, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, Secretary to the State Government; Rufus Godwins, Head of Service; Paulinus Nsirim, Commissioner for Information and Communications and Dr. Ayebaesin Beredugo signed on behalf of the state government.
It also said that Emmanuel Ugboaja, Gen. Secretary, NLC; Musa Lawal, Secretary-General, TUC; Mrs Beatrice Itubo, Chairman, NLC Rivers State; Austin Jonah, Chairman, TUC, Rivers State; Chuku Emecheta, JPSNC, Rivers State and Obi Fortune, Secretary General, TUC, Rivers State signed on behalf of the Organised Labour.