By Victor Akaa, Abuja
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has frowned at the illmatreatment and authoritarian attitude melted against workers by the Rivers state government headed by Gov. Nyesom Wike asserting that it was a threat to life of labour leaders in the state.
The president of NLC Comrade Ayuba Wabba made this assertion in Abuja at a media briefing.
Comrade Wabba said labour leaders in Rivers state incurred the wrath of the state government instead of a better treatment when they requested for their entitlements.
According to him, the kidnapping, harassment, intimidation ,illtreatment and threat to life of labour leaders has become a recurrent issue in Rivers state.
He further noted that, the NLC will have no alternative left than to embark on a strike action in Port Harcourt to condemn the actions of the Rivers State government.
Ayuba stated, “we will continue to demand that the rights of our workers in the workplace, their safety, and the sanctity of their lives must be respected always both by government and private sector employers.
“Nigerian workers under the aegis of NLC and TUC and our civil society allies in the discharge of our constitutional rights will embark on peaceful protest in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on September 8, 2020.
“If after next week’s protest, Governor Wike continues to hold labour in contempt and fails to redress our concerns, we will be left with no other option than to ground every socio-economic activity in Rivers State until the Rivers State Governor does the needful.”
Wabba has however said, the leadership of NLC was ready to engage the Rivers state government and to ensuring that workers in the state were given better treatment it deserves from Gov. Wike and its free from all forms of maltreatment, intimidation, and harassment it is currently facing in the state.