The Nigeria Labour Congress, Rivers State chapter has accused the State Government of sealing the NLC Port Harcourt Secretariat as a fight back against the Congress’ demand for the full implementation of the national minimum wage in the state.
The Rivers State Government through its Bureau for Special Projects on Sunday sealed the NLC Secretariat in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital.
The NLC State Chairperson, Mrs Beatrice Itubo made this known while speaking to news men on Monday.
According to Mrs Itubo, the secretariat was sealed because “we asked the state government to reconvene a meeting of the Minimum Wage (Implementation) Committee,” she said.
“They (the government) went and implemented a minimum wage that we never signed, that we didn’t agree and at the end of the day, workers are complaining that what they paid was nothing because people on the same salary grade level are earning different salaries.
“So, we asked them to reconvene so that we can come up and agree on something so that we can be able to explain to our members when we are asked,” the NLC boss said.
Reacting, the Head Bureau for Special Projects and Special Adviser to the Governor Nyesom Wike (Special Projects), Alabo George-Kelly however denied the allegations that the secretariat was sealed due to minimum wage related issues.
George-Kelly said the structure was sealed in order to carry out General Inspections and Structural Evaluation test before the expiration of the Defect Liability Period.