Bayelsa Workers Call Off Strike, Agree To Receive Half Salary

The organised labour in Bayelsa State, has suspended its three days old strike over unpaid salaries and pension arrears.

The decision to suspend the strike was reached after a meeting involving representatives of the state government and leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), a communiqué by Dr. Peter Singabele, (Head of Service), Obuebite Jonathan, (Commissioner for Information and Orientation), John Bipre Ndiomu, NLC Chairman and Tari Dounana, TUC Chairman, said.

The communique said that labour accepted the government’s position to pay 50 percent of monthly salaries with effect from February 2016 and expects the government to effect full payment of workers’ salaries as soon as the allocation from the Federation Account accruing to the state improves.

“In line with the ongoing payment of January 2016 salaries to workers, government should facilitate the process of payment of salaries to the outstanding MDAs and parastatals, including pensioners without further delays.

“That a monthly meeting should be scheduled between labour and government, in order to have a joint review of the economic recovery of the state.

“In view of the state government’s policy on the payment of primary school teachers, labour should commence the process of negotiating with the Government on the way forward.

“That the Bayelsa State Government should negotiate with banks to suspend deductions arising from loans until the economy of the state improves or otherwise direct payment should be made to workers,” the communique read.