The Nigeria Labour Congress, Bayelsa State chapter, has urged the Seriake Dickson-led government to pay the three months salary arrears of its workers to improve their well-being.
Recall that Governor Dickson had in January 2018 explained that the outstanding salary arrears were a balance of half salaries he paid during the recession in 2016.
The State Chairman, NLC, Mr. John Bipre-Ndiomu, said on Tuesday in Yenagoa, the state capital, that workers in the state were still being owed.
Ndiomu said that the arrears if paid could go a long way in reducing the plight of workers as well as improving their wellbeing.
He said, “Yes, we are being owed for three months by the State government. We call their attention on the need to pay the arrears now that we have come out of the recession.
“We agree that for the past two years, salaries have been paid regularly but the arrears are still our major concern, especially now that the economy is improving.
“There is the need for the government to pay the three months’ arrears that are being owed to workers in the state since 2016.
“On the proposed minimum wage from the federal, we support the move and I believe that the negotiations with tripartite committee would yield good fruit.”
He stated that the ongoing negotiations for the new minimum wage was on the right track, urging the Federal Government to quicken action to implement the favourable outcome of the negotiations.