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NLC suspends indefinite strike in Abia

THE Nigeria Labour Congress has called off the indefinite strike declared by the union’s Abia State chapter over the non-payment of salary arrears and the failure to implement an agreement signed with the Abia State government.

The union’s Assistant General Secretary, Chris Onyeka, immediately after a meeting with the state government yesterday revealed that the union had suspended the strike which had already taken place for three days.

He stated that the Union and government representatives conducted lengthy, comprehensive, and prolonged discussions on topics pertaining to the welfare of workers in the state.

Onyeka added that the union’s decision to call off the strike was influenced by the state government’s renewed commitment to workers’ welfare and her swift action to remedy the grievances highlighted by the striking workers.

He said, “A more committed and productive workforce is only possible where a government takes the issues of workers welfare seriously.

“Workers are human beings and we frowned at the inhuman treatment meted out on workers in Abia State, it is unacceptable by us as a union.

“We call on the state government to ensure that all the agreement to promote workers welfare are implementation to the later, if they want us to extend our hands of fellowship to the state government.

Earlier, the state’s governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, stated that Abia remained a worker-friendly state that would never take employees’ welfare for granted since it was devoted to providing the best for them.

The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Chris Ezem, stated that his administration was working to settle all crises and was determined to carry out all agreements reached.

He reassured state workers that the government was concerned about their well-being and will continue to do so, while asking them to maintain hope.

He praised the NLC for its understanding and promised that the government will live up to her promises, asking them to put their faith in the government.

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