The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC in Rivers State, Alex Agwanwor has declared that the State workers will join the planned indefinite strike on Wednesday as announced by the NLC National.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, the chairman emphasized that workers in Rivers State are not finding the current hardship occasioned by the removal of Fuel Subsidy funny and will not fold it’s hands in prioritizing the welfare of it’s members.
Alex Agwanwor revealed that the workers in the state have been alerted to prepare for a total shut down from Wednesday if the government fails to reach any meaningful agreement with Labour moving forward.
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He stated that prices of goods and services has skyrocketed and workers standard of living have been affected badly, a situation they cannot fold their hands and allow the government continue to take decisions on itself without first listening to the workers and it’s plights, neither did they put any urgent measures on ground to cushion the effects of the removal of fuel Subsidy.
True Blue Reporters recalls that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the day of swearing in had announced that “Fuel Subsidy is gone”. A comment that saw many petrol stations adjusting it’s Pump Price to about five hundred naira, leading to price increase on other goods and services.
A meeting of NLC with government delegates to resolve the issue ended on a deadlock due to the refusal of NLC to shift grounds. A situation that is leading into a shut down of the Nation’s work force.
While some states like Kaduna have come out to say they may not be joining the strike, Alex Agwanwor the chairman of NLC Rivers State have announced that workers in Rivers State will comply 100% to the planned strike unless the national says otherwise on or before the planned date.
The Rivers State government is yet to react to the decision of the state workers to join the strike from Wednesday, as the strike may also affect schools academic calendar.