See Why Some Bayelsa Workers Are Not Happy With NLC
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is losing relevance in Bayelsa State, as workers say they have been abandoned by the union at a time they needed its intervention.
It is coming at a time that the union is chasing a new minimum wage of 30,000 Naira that is still hanging in the balance and in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari and his cabinet to decide the amount that will come to works.
The agreement was that the amount could be anything between 24,000 Naira and 30,000 Naira.
In Bayelsa, different things have caused resentment for the union by its members who are feeling disappointed by a few things labour had done.
First it was about the strike that some persons had expected would begin on Tuesday, but never happened.
A staff of the ministry of Acts and Culture, Mr Maxwell Ekpe, is not happy that the strike was called off.
Frowning, he told Bounce News that he had borrowed money to buy food stuff, but was disappointed that the strike was called off before it even commenced.
"I can't take labour serious anymore.
"I had planned to travel and spend at least, a week with my aged parents, but labour has as usual, changed my plan," he complained.
Another member of the union, who works with a local government, but declined to give his name, expressed disappointment for another reason.
"We are being owed six months arrears but labour union in the state have refused to help us talk to the Governor about it.
"Are we not part of the labour union?" she queried.
The NLC was supposed to embark on an industrial action on Tuesday, November 6, but it was called off after the union got the government representatives at a talk on the new National Minimum Wage to add their 30,000 Naira request to the document that was given to President Buhari.
But the NLC Chairman in the state, Mr John Njomo, told members of the union in Bayelsa that the result of the meeting was a recommendation not an agreement.
They road is still far, he appears to be saying.
"The committee agreed, the message will be passed to the President and we expect implementation."
He explained that since the government enjoyed the use of force, workers would always use that to send their message across.
"However, our members should get ready, as they can be
called upon at anytime to go on strike.
"The minimum wage is not enough to feed a small family," he insisted.
On the owed salaries in the state, he said the two months arrears owed the workers had been paid and assured local government workers that their outstanding arrears would be paid soon.
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