The Rivers State Government led by Barr.Nyesom Wike has sealed off the newly constructed Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Secretariat in the state.
This is coming amidst renewed tension between the Government and the organised labour in Rivers State over the implementation of the new national minimum wage.
Although Gov.Wike had announced the commencement of the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state from this January, workers in the state were disgruntled following discrepancies in what they were actually paid.
Reacting to the sealing of the state built NLC Secretariat, the NLC Chairlady in Rivers State, Comr.Mrs Beatrice Itubo, who expressed shock at the action of the government blamed the action on the recent disagreement between labour and the government relating to the implementation of the new minimum wage.
Mrs.Itubo wondered how the Rivers State Government arrived at the figures to pay when negotiations into the new Minimum was yet to be concluded.
She demanded the immediate reconvening of the minimum wage committee to address the controversial issue of minimum wage.
Mrs.Itubo further warned the Rivers State Government to desist from intimidating the organised labour in the state.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Government insists that the sealing of the NLC Secretariat was for structural integrity evaluation.