By John ODHE, Yenagoa
The chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Bayelsa state chapter, Comr. John Indiomu said he will ensure that the new N30,000 National Minimum Wage signed into law by president Muhammadu Buhari is fully implemented in the state if reelected as chairman.
The NLC boss stated this while interacting with journalists at his office in Yenagoa ahead of the delegates conference coming up tomorrow to elect a new new leadership that will run the affairs of the labour union for the next four years.
He said as a leader who has always stood for the good of civil servants in the state, he would push tirelessly for the implementation of the new minimum wage, by reminding the state government of her promise to pay any amount agreed by the federal government.
"The new minimum wage came out of a struggle, not just as at the national level but also in the state. We carried out several rallies to the Government House in the state and each time we went, the governor came to address us.
"That is how we got the assurance that once the new wage is implemented, the state government will pay. It came as our own struggle in the state", he reiterated.
Describing himself as a silent achieher, the NLC chairman said he decided to seek a reelection to consolidate on his achiements and also pursue more workers friendly policies for civil servants in the state.
Recounting some of his achiements in the past four years, Indiomu noted that under him, the NLC secured an approval for ten plots of land while the construction of Labour House was on going.
He stated that NLC ensured that over aged workers left the system to pace the way for new intakes, adding that the situation led to the employment of over 1,500 graduates into the civil service.
The labour leader further noted that unlike other states where half salaries arrears were not paid, he ensured that the state government cleared all the arrears owed workers in the state, adding that approval has been made for the payments of promotion arrears.
Indiomu pointed out that in modern democracies, round table discussions with the government were more result oriented than being too rigid and confrontational.
On other achievements, he said, "when we came on board, NLC had no money to run its affairs. The first thing I did was to ensure that from our remittances, ten percent was refunded to the state, so, we have funds to run the office".
"This is the first time labour leaders are being appointed into various committees including the state financial committee"
He recalled that his leadership ensured that over two hundred workers who were suspended and their salaries withdrawn because of their involvement in politics were reinstated and paid, adding that under him, the government employed over three hundred workers in the Ministry of Environment in 2014 and he ensured that their three months arrears were paid.