By Chidinma Chukwu, Abuja.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has lamented what it described as an authoritarian style of Rivers state government Nyesom Wike and threat to life of labour leaders in the state.
The president of NLC Comrade Ayuba Wabba raised the alarm in Abuja at a media briefing on Thursday. Ayuba Wabba said labour leaders in Rivers state incurred the wrath of the state government when they requested for their entitlements.
He added that kidnapping of labour leaders, harassment, intimidation and threat to life has become a recurrent issue in Rivers state. NLC says it will embark on a strike action in Port Harcourt to condemn the actions of the Rivers State government.
“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.
The labour leaders said they are ready to be attacked by the state government and will ensure that workers in the state are free from harassment.