11 November 2012

Nigeria: Rivers NLC Suspends Planned Strike

Port Harcourt — The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart in Rivers State said they have suspended their planed strike billed to commence.

TUC chairman in the state Chika Onuegbu who spoke to journalists on behalf of both labour unions shortly after their meeting with Rivers State Head of Service Tonye Long John in Port Harcourt said the planed strike was suspended as a result of the agreement reached with the Head of Service that all pending issues with the union concerning illegal deductions of their September and October salaries and all the arrears owed the workers in the state be tackled.

Onuegbu said part of the agreement reached with the Head of Service was that further deductions from their salaries in the name of Social Contributory Levy be suspended while the arrears of salaries owed workers from the relative salary scheme be paid in two instalments with effect from this month.

He said the union will meet with workers in the state to inform them about the new development.

NLC had penultimate Sunday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state government to refund all the deductions from the workers September and October salaries or face an indefinite strike action.

Rivers State Governor Chibuike Amaechi intervened and promised that further deductions will be suspended till February next year.

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