Media workers suspend warning strike

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio, Television and Theatre Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) and National Union of Printing Publishing Paper Products Workers (NUPPPPROW) in Bayelsa State have suspended a three-day warning strike.

Members of the affected unions have been directed to resume at their various duty posts by Wednesday following the suspension of three-day warning strike.

Bayelsa State owned Radio Bayelsa and Niger Delta Television were off the air from Monday while affected staff of the state owned newspaper, New Waves stayed away from work Monday and Tuesday as they identified with their leaders.

The strike which was earlier suspended last week however began on Monday, August 24 over unpaid weigh-in allowances as the state government failed to meet the demands of the aggrieved workers.

While suspending the industrial action on Tuesday, the unions threatened to embark on an indefinite strike should the state government fail to meet their demands within seven days.

This is contained in a communique issued by the three unions in Yenagoa and signed by Tarinyo Akono, state chairman of NUJ, Michael Okiringbo, state chairman of RATTAWU and Eke Yeladou Gohon, state chairman (NUPPPPROW).

The three chairman thanked their members for their support and solidarity during the brief period of the strike held.

The suspension of the strike followed the intervention of the state government while the state Head of Service is said to be having serious discussions with the aggrieved unions.

The communique read: “Following intensive deliberations with the Head of Service and other government functionaries and promises made in respect of the three-day warning strike embarked upon over the non payment or short fall of weigh-in allowance, the three unions hereby resolve as follows:

“That in view of the sufficient interest and commitment shown by government to resolve the impasse within seven days, the three-day warning strike is hereby suspended.”

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