Multiple protests rocks Bayelsa over non-implementation of minimum wage

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Bayelsa Queens players and pensioners in Bayelsa State on Tuesday embarked on a series of protests over the non-implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage and other unpaid promises by the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson.
The three protesting groups led by their leaders shut the Bayelsa State Treasury building over non-payment of salaries, arrears and non-implementation of the new salary structure.
The protesting Bayelsa Queen players joined in the protest over the non-fulfilment of a N12million out N22million promised by the state government following the team’s emergence as champions of the Nigerian Female League.
The state workers, who were led by their different chapter Chairmen and Secretaries, arrived the building before 7am leaving the workers and the Accountant General in limbo.
Addressing the workers, the state Chairman of the TUC, Comrade Julius Laye, noted that the current government is not considering the plight of the workers of the state, adding that they were all aware that the allocation for the state has been sent but they were wondering why salaries are delayed.
“Our situation is so pathetic, we need assurances that we will be paid, schools have resumed and teachers are expected to get their pay. Parents need their pay to settle bills of their wards in school.
“We are aware that FAAC has met and sent the allocation to the state but the cause of the delay is what we are wondering at. Some states that don’t get as much as we get but have started paying the new salary structure, so what are we talking about?” he asked.

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