WORKERS in Rivers State marked Black-clad Workers’ Day on Monday to mourn those retirees who retired from state government service but died while waiting for their gratuities, pension arrears and d ‘other advantages.
The workers gathered at Isaac Boro Park, the venue for this year’s Workers’ Day celebration in Port Harcourt under the theme “Labour, Politics and the Quest for Good Governance and Development”.
However, light drama unfolded as the Deputy Governor of the State, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, who represented the Governor, Nyesom Wike, read his speech, as workers intermittently interrupted him and shouted “No no !” when she said the administration was promoting the welfare of workers in the state.
Again, workers cried out when the deputy governor mentioned that the state did not owe monthly pensions, even though she promised to take workers’ complaints to the governor in the face of boos from angry workers.
Previously, the President of the Nigeria Labor Congress, Mrs. Beatrice Itubo, criticized the state government for its refusal to pay pensioners their gratuities, arrears of pensions and other benefits.
Itubo threatened that a strike is imminent if the state government delays further.
“We are sincerely of the opinion that the government is acting quickly so as not to allow the unions to reconsider the suspended strike of September 7, 2020,” she said.
Meanwhile, Trades Union Congress State President Austin Jonah has called on workers to get involved in the electoral process and ensure that only leaders who have workers’ interests are elected in the upcoming elections. general elections.
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