The organised labour in
Rivers State has commenced preparation for the May Day Celebration on Sunday despite the leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other affiliate unions.
Speaking to The Tide in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, the State Chairman, Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (J PSNC), Comrade Chukwwu Emecheta, said efforts are being made to reconcile the warring factions and ensure smooth workers’ day celebration in the state.
Emecheta said that necessary arrangements have been put in place for a successful workers celebration of the May Day in remembrance of the Labour Martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the working class.
He said that the state Governor, His Excellency Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike will officially take the salute at the occasion being a workers’ friendly governor and also his first inter-face with the entire public and private sector workers in the state after assumption of office last year assumption.
The JPSNC chairman said that the state government has shown capacity to carry workers along in the scheme of things especially prompt payment of salary without delay as was previously witnessed with back log of pensioners arrears and salaries during the last administration in the state.
He disclosed that Elders of organised labour have called the two factions of the NLC to order and asked them to sheath their swords in the interest of unity, peace and progress of Labour in the state.
He said that it is not in the best interest of Labour in the state to have parallel May Day Celebrations at different venues as such creating room for divisive tendencies within the labour movement.
He also appealed to the state government to ensure that teacher’s salary and welfare are given priority attention in view of the recent Bank Verification Number (BVN) submission that had delayed some teachers salary payment for two months.