Bayelsa Reforms: Dickson backpedals directs release of withheld salaries of workers
Following resistance put up by labour leaders and the public outcry Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has directed that salaries of 3,403 workers affected by the ongoing public service reforms be released immediately.
The Bayelsa chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress and affiliated union opposed the suspension of 3,403 workers in the ongoing public service reforms.
The Unions had on in a statement signed by John Ndiomu and Tari Dounana, State Chairmen of NLC and TUC urged the Bayelsa government to reverse the decision to withhold the workers’ salaries.
The labour noted that withholding salaries of workers listed for redeployment was strange and urged government to carry out reforms in compliance with Public Service Rules.
“Labour wishes to draw government’s attention to the ongoing public service reforms, it is proper to note that redeployment of staff is a norm but stoppage of salaries is not in line with civil service rules.’’
Dickson, who gave the directive during a live radio programme broadcast, said the salaries of the workers earlier withheld should be paid pending conclusion of the reforms. ##