Labour hell bent on 21-day ultimatum despite Gov Dickson’s emergency meeting

The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called for an emergency meeting with the leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress over the welfare of workers in the state.

According to a statement released by Dickson’s Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson on Monday, May 2, the meeting would hold on Friday, May 6 as part of the government’s efforts to build on the existing relationship between the NLC and TUC and the state government.

At the meeting, according to the statement, the welfare of the workers in the state would be discussed among other major issues in the state.

Leaders of the NLC and TUC are expected to be in attendance at the meeting as well as key governmental figures.

Although confirming the proposed meeting, the Chairman of the NLC in the state, Ndiomu John-Bipre insisted that the unions still stood by the 21-day deadline given to the government to remit all outstanding salaries and pensions to the state civil service.

The ultimatum began on Thursday, April 28 and the NLC has warned that at the end of the given time, it would take an action against the government if it fails to comply with the demands.

State workers are currently owed 4 months salaries with pensioners being owed 7 months arrears and local government councils workers 12 months unpaid salaries.

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