Labour Demands Restoration Of 100% Salary For Workers In Imo

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Owerri – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Imo State Council, has called on the state government to restore 100 percent salary payment for all categories of workers in the state.

This was stated on Monday in Owerri, capital of the state when the state council of NLC celebrated their 40 years of existence.

Speaking during the 40th year of existence of the NLC, the State Chairman, Comrade Austin Chilakpu, reminded the state government that the era of recession in the state was over and therefore urged the government to commence full payment of salaries of workers.

The labour leader while demanding completion and release of the promotion exercise, payment of arrears of pension owed to pensioners in the state, regular payment of pensions to pensioners, frowned at the anti-workers’ policies of the state government.

Chilakpu condemned, in strong terms, the non-payment of gratuities to retired workers since 1998, government failure to recall the illegally disengaged workers of Imo Transport Company (ITC), non-payment of salaries of Adapalm workers for 34 months and non-payment of three months arrears of salaries to judiciary workers among others.

He, however, recalled that from the colonial era to the present day political evolution that Labour movement had faced many challenges revolving from issues that negatively affected the workers and the society as a whole.

He said, “In 40 years of existence, NLC has faced several military regimes as well as pseudo-democratic government adding that members in the course of their struggle have paid the ultimate price with their lives, while many have been imprisoned or detained at various times.”

The Labour leader further said that the state NLC had weathered several storms to have fair and better deal with Imo workers, adding that the union members had led workers to several protest, agitations, demonstrations and lock-downs against obnoxious policies and actions of government that affect conditions of workers.

Responding, Governor Rochas Okorocha commended NLC for their huge success recorded in their 40 years of struggle to better workers.

The Governor represented by the Secretary to the Government of the state, George Eche reminded the union members that the present government was open for constructive criticisms.

On issues concerning pensioners in the state, Okorocha assured that arrangement were being made to sanitize the pension issue.  He urged workers in the state to continue to do their best to ensure success.

Highpoint of the ceremony was presentation of posthumous award to the immediate past State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, late Chief Gideon Ezeji and four past leaders, which included Chief Steve Ibe, Sir Ambrose Ikechi and Comrade Obasi Ihueze.




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