Simon Utebor, Yenagoa
Health workers and employees in Bayelsa State local government areas suspended their three-month old strike on Thursday.
The workers embarked on the strike in protest against the non-payment of their salaries.
The council workers at a meeting of the Joint State Executive Council consisting of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees and the Medical and Health Workers’ Union unanimously agreed to suspend the strike in the state.
The unions in a communiqué signed after their meeting by the NULGE’s state Chairman, Mr. Akpos Ekiegha; and the Secretary, Mr. Peace Chukwu, directed all the workers to resume work on October 16.
The unions in the document also signed by the state Chairman and Secretary, MHWUN, Mr. James Adama and Letam Nwibani, respectively, called on the government to work out modalities to settle the salary arrears of workers ranging from seven to 15 months.
They said the decision to resume work was taken after reviewing the efforts of the state Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd.) and the Commissioner for Local Government Administration, Dr. Agatha Goma, towards facilitating regular payment of salaries and arrears.
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