The organized labor in River state has begun an indefinite strike action following the inability of the government to meet their demands bordering on non-implementation of the 30’000-naira new minimum wage, lack of promotion, nonpayment of pension allowance and gratuities amongst other demands
The chairperson of the Nigeria labor congress NLC Beatrice ITUBO after an emergency meeting of the joint labour houses of NLC and TUC held port Harcourt Rivers State said strike becomes effective today 12 AM until government yield to their demands.
Beatrice ITUBO said government did not respond to the 7days ultimatum earlier issued by labour leaders on issue bordering on non-implementation of the new minimum wage
For his part the state Chairman of trade union congress Austin Jonah. Said there is no going back on the strike action. He also urges members of TUC to sit at home
Our Correspondent reports that other leaders at the events promised to paralyze activities of government irrespective of the Coronavirus outbreak expected sit at home
meanwhile the government said ”The National Industrial Court in Port Harcourt, presided over by Honourable Justice Z M. Bashir has granted an Order of Interim Injunction, calling off the proposed Labour Strike in Rivers State scheduled to commence on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.
The Injunction ordered the leadership of the organised labour in the State under Beatrice Itubo, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Austin Jonah, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mathew Olaba (Secretary, NLC), Prince Ndukwe, and Opuwari A. Agbada (Joint Rivers Negotiating Council), or their proxy from embarking on the strike.
Parts of the Injunction reads: ” The National Industrial Court, Port Harcourt (presided over by Honourable Justice Z. M. Bashir, J.,) has granted an Order of Interim Injunction in Suit No. NICN/PHC/41/2020 (Attorney-General, Rivers State Vs. Comrade Beatrice Itubo, Comrade Austin Jonah, Comrade Mathew Olaba, Comrade Prince Ndukwe & Opuwari A. Ogbada) restraining the defendants either by themselves or through their servants, agents, privies, officers or otherwise howsoever called from embarking on a strike on Monday 23rd March, 2020, or any other day thereafter, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive Motion on Notice filed in this suit.
“The Trial Court also granted an Order of Interim Injunction restraining the defendants from interfering with the provision of services and other works by their members in the Civil Service of Rivers State pending the hearing and determination of the substantive Motion on Notice filed in this suit.