Bayelsa workers suspend planned strike

Local Government (LG) workers in Bayelsa state have suspended their planned strike over issues relating to their welfare.

The strike was billed to begin on Monday.

The decision was disclosed in a statement issued by Mr Doubara Atasi, the Senior Special Assistant to the State Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

Atasi said the decision to suspend the industrial action was reached at a meeting between representatives of labour unions, State and Local Governments.

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One of the agreements reached at the meeting was the conduct of a comprehensive promotion exercise for all LG workers beginning from Monday, NAN reports.

It was also agreed that the exercise be completed before the implementation of the new minimum wage.

Also, the payment of promotion arrears after the implementation of the new minimum wage and payment of hazard allowance to health workers was resolved.

The meeting agreed to set up a committee to determine if more teachers would be engaged as well as the provision of instructional materials and teaching aids in primary and secondary schools.

The issue of implementation of salary increment for LG workers and computerization of their salaries to enable them receive their pay as and when due was also resolved.

Atasi noted that the deputy governor described the meeting as successful and instructed all the LG workers to make themselves available for the promotion exercise.

He applauded the government for the resolution of the outstanding issues and directed their members to go back to work.

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