Organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), has suspended its planned protest slated to commence yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after a last-minute agreement was reached with the state government.
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between labour and the state government, it was agreed that some of the issues that led to the planned rally will be addressed.
The MoU was signed by Secretary to the Rivers state government, Tammy Danagogo; Head of service of Rivers state, Rufus Godwin; commissioner for information, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, on behalf of the Rivers state government.
On the part of Labour were NLC general secretary, Emmanuel Ogboaja; TUC general secretary, Musa Lawal; chairman of NLC Rivers state council, Beatrice Itubo and chairman of TUC Rivers state, Austin Jonah.
The suspension followed an agreement reached on the issues in dispute during an overnight meeting with the Rivers State government.
has been at loggerheads with the state government following allegations of infractions on rights of workers.
In the MoU, it was agreed that the Rivers state government shall immediately restore the remittance of check-off dues and pay all outstanding arrears to the respective labour unions.
It was also agreed that all salaries of health workers withheld due to April 2017 strike will be paid.
LEADERSHIP reports that in a frantic effort to avert Tuesday’s planned protest, the state governor, Nyesom Wike, had held a last minute closed-door meeting with Labour leaders at the government house.