The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have stated that they would march the streets of Rivers State’s capital, Port Harcourt, on Monday, September 8, to protest alleged anti labour policies of the state government.
The labour unions said that the Nigerian workers would be joined by their civil society’s allies on the proposed peaceful protest meant to draw the attention of the world to the infractions on workers’ and trade union’s rights in Rivers State.
The President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, alleged during a joint press conference yesterday that the Rivers State government had unleashed several anti labour actions on its workers.
Wabba, who read the position of the two labour unions, alleged that some of the infractions committed by the state government included act of lawlessness by sealing off the NLC’s secretariat in Rivers State council, witch-hunting, persecution and prosecution of trade union leaders on trumped up charges.
Others allegation the unions brought against the state government included anti-labour actions such as non-payment of gratuity and pensions to pensioners and non-payment of workers’ promotion arrears since 2015.
He also claimed that the Rivers State government has failed to clear the arrears of pension and gratuity indebtedness in the state.
“This wicked act has become the living nightmare of senior citizens who are being punished for serving the state government. These pensioners are dying in droves as a result of neglect,” he alleged.