Workers Call off Strike …As Sacrifice to Fight Pandemic
The strike embarked upon by civil servants in Rivers State has been called off with effect from Friday, March 27, 2020.
A statement jointly signed by NLC chairman, Mrs. Beatrice Itubor and TUC chairman, Austine Jonah said the strike was suspended following the Convid-19 pandemic adding that it is part of the sacrifice by the workers to halt the pandemic spread.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State government has criticized the leadership of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by Mrs. Itubor, over the workers strike in the state.
Speaking at the presentation of a book, “A Handbook on Discipline of Civil Servants in Nigeria,” written by the Head of Service, Mr. Rufus Godwin. In Port Harcourt, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Dr. Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, who represented Governor Nyesom Wike, said the workers decision to embark on strike at this a time insensitive.
Gogo-Jaja said the Rivers State government has continued to pay the salaries of its workers and has not been known to owe any of its workers since the administration of Governor Nyesom Wike came on board in the state.
According to the Governor’s representative, Rivers State pays higher wage to its workers more than the federal government approved templates.
While commending the state civil servants for giving quality service to the state, Dr. Gogo Jaja said the book authored by the HOS will assist civil servants in understanding the Code of conduct in the service.
In his remarks, chairman of the state Civil Service Commission, Chief Oris Oyiri commended the author, saying the book will serve in the for training of civil servants in the state.
Author of the book and Head of Service in the state, Barr. Rufus Godwin said the book was born out of the need to provide a reference handbook to orientate staff of the civil service in the state and the nation in general.
Godwin said it was disheartening that most civil servants do not understand the rules guiding the civil service. The HOS frowned at the activities of labour leaders in the country explaining that most of them are ignorant of the labour laws.
According to him, under the labour laws, it is illegal for retired workers to stand for election as labour leaders, and contended that both the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Ayuba Wabba and the Rivers State Labour Congress Chairperson, Mrs. Beatrice Itubor should not have been elected as labour leaders because they are retired workers.