The organised labour in Bayelsa state on Tuesday joined their counterparts across the country in a peaceful protest against the delay in the implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage.
The angry workers, who were armed with placards with the inscriptions “Be ready for prolonged strike”, No minimum wage, No vote”, “Pay Minimum wage NOW” and “No N30,000, Vote them out”, moved straight to the state Government House.
The workers, who were led by a representative of the NLC at the national, Comrade Ben Nnebue, and the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, John Ndiomu, marched through the Mbiama/Yenagoa road singing solidarity songs before stopping at the Government House gate, where they were received by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Talford Ongolo.
Presenting the protest letter to the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon.Thalford Ongolo, who represented the state governor, the state NLC chairman called on the state government to make a commitment to the speedy implementation of new minimum wage, stressing that the state governor had already made a verbal commitment to that effect.
He said: “The new minimum wage will largely determine the electoral preference of Nigerian voters in 2019 general elections.”
“Nigerian workers, as voters, will indeed take their eventful fate to the polling stations and indicate in the ballot their views in the fateful implementation of the new national minimum wage.”
“Workers and their families will cause friends and allies not to vote for any candidate in the forth coming elections who hesitate or refused to commit to the new national minimum wage.”
Chief of Staff to the Bayelsa State Government, Hon. Thalford Ongolo, who received the protest letter on behalf of the State Governor, said the state government will support any decision reached whenever the issue of the national minimum wage has been sorted out and commended the workers for conducting themselves peacefully.