Rivers transport workers lament unpaid salaries, demand park reopening


 ABOUT 300 employees of the Rivers State Transport Company have appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike to reopen their park and allow them resume work.


The workers said the park had remained closed for eight months and that they had remained at home without salaries with the attendant hardships experienced in their respective households.


The State Secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Employees, Christiana Okon, made the appeal on behalf of the workers at a meeting in Port Harcourt, the state capital.



Okon stated that the workers had remained at home without salaries since the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19, noting that funds generated from the park were used to pay the workers to enable them to cater for their families.



“The workers here were the ones paying their salaries; it wasn’t government. They generated money here in the past and they were paying their salaries.



“They said they were ready to continue in that way. They have all it takes. Their vehicles are there and the park is ready. All the tools they have been using for the job are ready.”



Some of the staff, who spoke to our correspondent, wondered why other parks in the state were operating while the RTC belonging to the government remained shut.

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