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Trade Union Congress Threatens Showdown With Federal Government Over Minimum Wage Even As Austin Jonah Emerges The New Chairman


The Trade union congress in Rivers state has A New Chairman. He is comrade AUSTIN JONAH who was re-elected to serve the union for another 3 years.

Austin Jonah is expected to pilot the affairs of the 6th state administrative council elected on the 23rd of July 2019, with the following members

Austin Jonah                          State Chairman

Dr Chris Mbata                      state Vice Chairman

Chima Charles Igwe JP         State Secretary

EBI Agbozu D                          state Assistant Secretary

Ngozi Uadiale                          secretary Women Commission

Beatrice Fombo                      State Treasurer

Alex Amadi                              Financial Secretary

Cyril NWEK                             State Auditor

John Ogaba                             State Publicity Secretary

ADEKU Abigail                        State Woman Leader

Hyginus Chika Onuegbu       Ex-officio

During the Triennial delegate conference of The Trade Union Congress TUC says it has lost confidence in the manner with which Federal government is handling adjustment arising from the minimum wage increase

The state chairman of Trade Union Congress Austin Jonah in his speech at the 6th Triennial state delegate conference with the theme” The Impact of stress on Employees Productivity, performance and turnover: Implications on the prosperity of Nigeria.

Austin Jonah said labour leaders views the latest move by the National salaries, income and wages commission on implementation of the new minimum wage as betrayal of trust.

Also in his speech the TUC also expressed worries over the spate of inter /Intra- Communal, ethnic, Sectarian, political and Regional Violence which has charge the political atmosphere months after the general election and urge the Federal GOVERNMENT tackle them within the shortest possible time

The TUC chairman Austin Jonah also commended the state governor for lifting ban on promotion of civil servants and urge the governor to prevail and direct the civil service commission to begin the immediate promotion of all qualified staff, he thanked the Governor for Building the trade union secretariat which he described as one of the major challenges of the union since a humongous amount is paid as annual rents at its present location.

In his presentation The Rivers state government says it has begun the payments of pension allowances to the first batch of pensioners   captured in the last Biometric exercise

The Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike Represented by the Head of Service Rufus Godwin at the Triennial State Delegate conference of Trade Union Congress in Port Harcourt said government is seeking the cooperation of labour unions and leaders to achieve a prosperous state.

He said government is working tirelessly to address all pending pension and pensioner’s issues in the state

The Head of Service Rufus Godwin also decried the poor attitude of civil servants to work and urge them to shun all forms of administrative frauds

He said most civil are not at their desk by 9 AM and urge them to improve on their productivity even as the state await all the final and finishing touches that the Minimum wage will go through before workers will begin to enjoy the new increase

Professor Joesph Kinanee presented a paper on the theme of the event, How To Manage Stress!


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