May 12, 2022

19 Emohua LGA workers drag board chairman Chidi LIoyd to court over wages – The Whistler Nigeria

Some workers in the Emohua Local Government Area in Rivers State have dragged their Council boss, Chidi Lloyd, to a National Labor Court sitting in Port Harcourt over unpaid wages.

In lawsuit number: NICN/PHC/2022, the workers claimed that their wages were unfairly deducted and withheld, adding that the LG boss also downgraded their employment level.

According to the original subpoena, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants in the lawsuit are: the Emohua Local Government Council, the Chairman of the Emohua Local Government Council and the Local Government Services Commission of the Rivers State.

The 19 plaintiffs in the lawsuit ask the court to grant the following remedies in their favour:

1) A statement that Section 7(5) Fourth Schedule of the Amended Constitution 1999 does not give Defendants 1, 2 and 3 authority to downgrade plaintiffs’ employment grade.

2) A statement that pursuant to Sections 44(1) 48(1)(2) of the Rivers State Local Government Act No. 5 of 2018, the 1st and 2nd Defendants have not the power to demote or reduce complainants’ wages.

3) A statement that the plaintiffs’ wage reduction and job level downgrade by their head of counsel without any indictment of wrongdoing by a legal investigative committee violates the plaintiffs’ rights as set forth in Section 54(1)(2)(b) of the Rivers State Local Government Act No. 5 of 2018 as well as Section 36(1) of the Amended Constitution of 1999.

4) An order of this Honorable Court to the defendants within seven (7) days of the judgment of this Court reinstating the plaintiffs to their level of employment.

5) An order of this Honorable Court to the defendants within seven (7) days of the judgment of the Court to release in full, the withheld and unpaid wages of the plaintiffs.

6) An order of this Honorable Court on the 1st and 2nd Defendants to pay each Claimant so affected by the Defendants’ salary reduction and demotion policy, the sum of 1 million Naira solely to represent the traumatic damage suffered by the affected workers. »

The case was filed on behalf of the plaintiffs by Freedom for Conflict Prevention and Social Integration (FREECON).

All efforts to reach the Council boss to react to the development proved futile as he did not respond to calls and text messages sent to him.