Normal work activities have resumed at the Rivers State House of Assembly complex as workers under the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) call off its over two months industrial action.
Confirming the end of the strike to our Assembly Correspondent, Chairman of PASAN in the state, Comfort Otuene said their members have complied with the directive to resume work after the National Executive Council of PASAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the federal government delegation and has given government 45-days to implement legislative financial autonomy.
She said, “The turnout was very encouraging, above average. Almost everybody turned out. You know we have been home now for almost three months. So many members are excited to return back to work.
“We will continue to render service to humanities. We continue to play our parts to ensure that good laws are passed for the good governance of our state and for the country at large. But we are also charging our management to provide conducive working environment to enhance productivity.
Speaking further, Otuene said the union will resume another strike if at the expiration of the 45-days nothing has been done to attend to their demands.
“It will be very unfortunate for the government not to keep to their terms and promise. We have called off the strike and resumed normal duties because we don’t want to disobey the law. We want to ensure that good laws are past for the effectiveness of the government.
“But if the government refuse to keep to the terms of their promise, we will have no options than to return back to strike. We sincerely apologize to the inconveniences the strike might have caused on the citizens. It is our believe that things will fall into normalcy as we resume.”
Recall that the union had embarked on the strike action after the federal and state government allegedly refused to implement full financial autonomy for the legislative arm of government.