As the world marks World Day for Decent Work, WDDW, the Rivers State Council of Nigerian has opted to commemorate this year’s event with a protest letter to the state government with the charge to take prompt measures in addressing the catalogue of workers’ demands.
It is a day set aside for global mobilization to ensure that all employers of Labour prioritize decent work in the world with the aim of achieving fulfillment, satisfaction and its multiplier effect on economic growth and sustainability.
This years event is the 10th in the series of activities including negotiations and constructive engagement with government and employers of labour, demonstrations, mass protest and other measure that will generate deliberate actions towards achieving decent standard of living, social protection, social dialogue and social justice and most importantly security of job.
Chairperson of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Beatrice Itubo disclosed this while briefing news men in commemoration of the Day with the theme, “JUST JOB”
She added that this year’s theme ”Just Job” encapsulates the true reflection of Rivers state public service workers, where high level of insensitively is been displayed by the state government on workers condition, retirees and pensioners, indeed never in the history of Rivers state has workers in public service has had it so bad, she maintained.
Itubo charged the state government with prompt measure in addressing the categories of workers demands raging from, Non payment of salaries arrears of February and March 2016, Non promotion since 2012, Non payment of gratuity and death benefits, Delay in payment of pension and arrears, Non implementation of annual increment, Non harmonization of pension, Non implementation of pension incremental rates, and Non payment of arrears of pension gratuity and death benefits to local government retirees.
Itubo called on the Rivers State government to begin to prioritize governance through human capital development by creating a conducive working condition.
She further implored employers of labour in the organized private sector to begin to explore measures towards providing decent working condition to workers in their work place, noting that the leadership in her commitment shall continue to tackle the act of exploitation and slavery in the work place by deploying tools as provided enabling laws to engage companies and organizations perpetrating anti-labour practices.