NLC suspends protest in Rivers state

NLC suspends protest in Rivers state

- A planned protest by the organised labour which was supposed to take place in Rivers state has been suspended

- The NLC said it suspended the protest following an agreement it had with the state government

- A spokesperson for the Rivers state government, Paulinus Nsirim confirmed the agreement with the NLC

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A planned protest by the organised labour which was supposed to take place in Rivers state has been suspended.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said it suspended the protest following an agreement it had with the state government, The Nation newspaper reported.

NLC suspends protest in Rivers state

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called off its schedule protest in Rivers state. Photo Credit: Chinonu
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The Rivers state commissioner for Information and communications, Paulinus Nsirim disclosed that the NLC and the government reached the agreement in Port Harcourt.

He said the agreement focused on the implementation of the new national minimum wage and consequential adjustments.

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The commissioner stated that parties to the dispute agreed to sign the pact.

As part of the deal, the Rivers government said it would pay the salaries withheld from health workers due to the 2017 strike action.

The government also stated that it would not victimise any worker for taking part in the industrial dispute.

Meanwhile, Labour unions in the country are planning to go on strike over the recent increase in the price of petrol.

The NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are reportedly consulting civil society allies and relevant organs of labour towards the planned strike, The Guardian reported.

Ayuba Wabba, the president of NLC on Thursday, September 3, said both labour unions would soon deliberate on how to carry out the planned industrial action. He described the increment of the pump price of petrol as a harsh and anti-people policy.

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In other news, there are indications that Nigeria may soon witness massive protests by students over the recent increment in the pump price of petrol.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has given President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration an ultimatum to reverse the increment in the pump price of petrol or face mass protests by the students, Leadership reported.

The vice president of NANS, Ojo Raymond, said that Nigerian students totally rejected the increment.

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