MINIMUM WAGE: Workers In Bayelsa Get Assurance
Workers in Bayelsa have received an assurance that the proposed new National Minimum Wage will come to them.
The only thing holding the state government back at the moment is the processes that a bill from the Federal Government would go through before it is approved by lawmakers.
A national protest had been declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to make the Federal Government hasten the process.
In Bayelsa, members of the union came out on Tuesday carrying placards with inscriptions like: 'Workers are human, Federal Government honour your promises and We will resume strike if...'.
They sang as they marched in a peaceful protest from Amarata to the gate of the Government House in Yenagoa.
Addressing the protesters, the Chief of Staff to Governor Seriake Dickson, Mr Talfold Ongolo, assured them that the welfare of workers was paramount to the state government.
"Once the issue of the minimum wage is sorted out by the Federal Government, Bayelsa state government will not take it for granted.
"Everything concerning our workers will be sorted out.
"Our state is already geared towards paying the 30,000 Naira whenever it is approved," he said, giving them an assurance that the government would implement whatever decision was reached.
He also revealed that the Governor had put in place a
housing scheme designed to provide houses for workers as well as office
The State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr John Ndiomu, told the governor's representative that the protest was in line with the national directive and reminded Governor Dickson not to relent when the time comes to give his support to the implementation of the new minimum wage.
Mr Ndiomu, however, told the protesters to get ready to embark
on a nationwide strike soon.
A staff of St. Jude's Girls Secondary School, Martha Frank, told Bounce News that the protest was to remind the Federal government of its promise and also to show that they were ready to down tools if their demands were not met soon.
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