The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has dismissed insinuations that civil servants in Rivers State are indolent and so do not deserve a new minimum wage.
Chairman of TUC, Rivers State, Austin Jonah stated this in an interview with newsmen last Wednesday in Port Harcourt.
He stated that the productivity of a worker is dependent on the provisions of the employer.
According to him, “if you say workers are not productive, it is a function of the employer’s provisions .If my employer puts me to task, I will give my best’’.
Jonah stressed that it is the duty of the employer to provide a conducive work environment and adequate work tool for the worker to be maximally productive.
He said, “If the employer provides the necessary environment and equipment, the workers will be active’’.
The Rivers TUC boss commended workers in Rivers State for their support and conduct during the agitation for new minimum wage and expressed the hope that the passage of the N30,000 new minimum wage into law will not be too long.
Recall that the organised labour in the country had early in the week threatened to embark on a nationwide strike over the issue of the new minimum wage, but suspended the strike after the tripartite committee met and agreed on N30,000 minimum wage, which is now before President Muhammadu Buhari for assent.