Bayelsa LGs, health workers suspend three months strike

Bayelsa LGs, health workers suspend three months strike

Bayelsa Local Government and health workers on Thursday suspended a three-month strike they embarked on to protest non-payment of their salaries.

 A meeting of the Joint State Executive Council of the unions consisting of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees and the Medical and Health Workers’ Union unanimously agreed in Yenagoa to call off the strike.

The unions, in a communiqué signed by NULGE’s State President and Secretary, Messers Akpos Ekiegha and Peace Chukwu, directed all the workers to resume work on Oct. 16.

The State Chairman and Secretary of MHWUN, Mr James Adama and Letam Nwibani, also signed the communiqué.

They called on the government to work out modalities to gradually settle the salary arrears of workers ranging from seven to 15 months.

They said the decision to resume work was taken after reviewing the efforts of the Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd), and the Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Mrs Agatha Goma.

The unions said the intervention of the duo in facilitating regular payment of salaries and some of the arrears during the strike were commendable and labour friendly adding that they deserved to be given the benefit of doubt to clear the backlog.

They called on the Local Government Service Commission and the Ministry of Local Government Administration to urgently work out ways of funding the Local Government Pension Board to address pension challenges in the state.

 

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