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Local government workers suspend planned strike in Bayelsa

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The decision suspending the planned industrial action was reached at a meeting between representatives of labour unions, state and Local Government late  Sunday in Yenagoa.

Local Government workers in Bayelsa State have suspended the planned strike earlier scheduled to commence today (Monday) over issues relating to their welfare.

The meeting was presided over by state  Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

Speaking on the development, President of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Akpos Ekiegha described the outcome of the parley as fruitful and lauded government for the steps taken so far.

He called on all workers at the Bayelsa Local Government to make themselves available for the promotion exercise, which he said would facilitate the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Also, Comrade Barnabas Simon, State Chairman, Medical And Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Mr Otami Loko-Alfred,  State Chairman Non-Academic Staff  Union (NASU) and Mr Kalama Toinpre, State Chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) all commended the government for the resolution of the outstanding issues and directed members of their unions to shelve the planned strike.

In their remarks, state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Bipre  Ndiomu and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Comrade Julius Laye while appreciating the government for listening to the cries of local government workers, called for a speedy resolution of labour-related issues.

They also hailed the decision to computerise the payment of council workers’ salaries and expressed their readiness to work closely with the government to improve workers welfare

State Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) and Chairman of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Hon Ebidiseghebofa Kia, also expressed the preparedness of all the chairmen to play their part to ensure speedy implementation of the agreements reached.

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