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Minimum Wage: Rivers Govt Threatened To ‘Deal With Us’, NLC Claims

A file photograph of the NLC secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

 

 

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Rivers has accused the state authorities of threatening it over the implementation of the brand new minimal wage.

NLC Chairperson within the state, Beatrice Itubo, made the allegation in an interview with Channels Television on Monday.

This comes a day after authorities officers with the Bureau for Special Projects sealed the NLC Secretariat in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

Itubo stated, “Our secretariat was sealed about 9pm yesterday (Sunday), arising from the fact that we asked the state government to reconvene a meeting of the Minimum Wage (Implementation) Committee.”

“…That was what triggered them and the next thing, the Commissioner for Information went on air, saying that we have been bought over by politicians from Abuja and they will deal with us, we will face dare consequences.

“The same evening by 9pm, they came and sealed the secretariat,” she added.

A file photograph of the NLC secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

 

According to the NLC chief in Rivers, the federal government didn’t seek the advice of the labour leaders earlier than taking the ultimate choice that led to the implementation of the minimal wage.

Although she didn’t state the particular quantity that was applied, she decried that the labour union had no rationalization for its members on the purported irregularities discover within the cost of salaries.

Rather than going again to the dialogue desk, Itubo alleged that the federal government threatened to punish the union.

She stated, “They (the government) went and implemented a minimum wage that we never signed, that we didn’t agree and at the end of the day, workers are complaining that what they paid was nothing because people on the same salary grade level are earning different salaries.

“So, we asked them to reconvene so that we can come up and agree on something so that we can be able to explain to our members when we are asked.”

Meanwhile, the federal government denied the claims that the secretariat was sealed because of the implementation of the minimal wage.

The Head Bureau for Special Projects and Special Adviser to the governor (Special Projects), Alabo George-Kelly, described the allegations as frivolous.

He pressured that they weren’t true however calculated makes an attempt geared toward deceptive the general public towards the real intentions of the federal government.

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