A former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has urged Governor Nyesom Wike to negotiate with the organised labour in the state to avert avoidable controversies and industrial action.
Peterside said his call was based on disagreement between Rivers State government and the organised labour.
According to him, labour had accused the governor of neglect of workers in the state in terms of promotion, payment of new minimum wage, pensioners’ dues, arrears of salaries and hounding of labour leaders in the state.
He said it was unfair to treat workers with so much levity since the government would rely on these same workers to achieve its programmes.
Peterside said it was pertinent that the governor should look into the genuine concerns of the workers, who he said, deserve to be remunerated like their counterparts nationwide following the passage of the new minimum wage into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, the, Rivers State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor, has cautioned the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) against abandoning a subsisting court case reserved for judgment on September 29, 2020 and embarking on its threatened strike scheduled to begin tomorrow.
He said that in the face of overt and unmitigated illegality by the organised labour, the Rivers State government approached the court because it believes in the rule of law.