By Kingsley Braide
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri has appealed to unions in the state’s tertiary institutions to shelve their planned strike and allow for dialogue to resolve their grievances.
The governor made the appeal on Wednesday at the 25th State Executive Council (SEC) meeting inside the Government House, Yenagoa.
He said strikes are not the best instruments to resolve industrial disagreements, stressing that they should be the last resort when all measures have been explored to no avail.
Diri, reminded the unions that his administration has been very transparent since it came on board, and therefore deserves to be trusted to meet their demands but only with more time.
According to him, despite all the challenges it inherited, his government has not failed to meet up its obligations across all sectors of the state and will continue to do so but called for support and understanding from the unions.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on the unions representing the higher institutions who are also threatening to go on strike that strikes are not the best tools to resolve industrial disagreements.
“As a government, we have been open and steadfast in resolving most of these industrial disharmony and challenges that we have inherited. Strike as a matter of fact, should be the last resort for any industrial disagreement”.
Gov. Diri also informed that with the commitment his administration has made, striking medical and health workers should be back to their duty posts and continue to render service to the people.
“Just last week, I was informed that the Medical and Health Workers’ Union have embarked on a strike action, and we have put in process, how to ensure that there is industrial harmony which we have enjoyed with the workers and Unionists of our dear state.
“That process has been on, and all issues relating to their strike and amicable agreements have been reached, and certain approvals have been made. So I believe it is now directly on the onus of the unions to call back their workers”.