The National body of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has directed all members of the union and workers at all level in Rivers State to come out on mass on the 8th of September, 2020 for protest against what it referred to as high handedness on Rivers civil servants by the government of Gov. Nyesom Wike
The labour vowed that it is ready for a show down with the government in Rivers State over the use of force on workers in the State and call for all affiliate unions to join in the protest and planned strike.
The union had alerted Nigerians “it is to alert Nigerians on the birth of new progeny of authoritarianism, industrial tyranny & state sponsored violence and terrorism against workers and citizens by the Rivers State Government. Happenings of the previous weeks confirm to us and many right-thinking Nigerians that there is a full-fledged bloom of despotic rule in Rivers State under the administration and supervision of Mr. Nyesom Wike.”
The NLC chairperson in Rivers State Comrade Beatrice Utubo confirmed the planned protest by the National body of NLC and stated that “it is good that the National have heard our cry on what we are suffering as workers in Rivers State”
She stated that the use of force by the government of Rivers State on workers has become unbearable with no Payment of the right Minimum Wage, no promotion since the inception of Nyesom Wike’s government, no payment of gratuity, locking down of Labour secretariat, no labour freedom, none payment of arrears and other omitted salaries, etc, as the reasons for the planned shut down
True Blue Reporters gathered that all workers in the State have been ordered to also begin an indefinite strike from 8th of September until the government realises itself and take workers welfare as priority, resolving the issue of minimum wage, promotion and all that.
Meanwhile, True Blue Reporters also gathered that the Rivers State government has approached the court to stop the planned protest and strike by NLC. We will bring the report in our subsequent news