Imo State Workers Protest The Non-Payment of Their Salaries

Imo State workers have admitted their displeasure concerning the non-payment of their salaries up to the Easter celebration period, by the state government.

The workers, including the local government workers, showed their grievances towards the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha, and have also admitted that they might embark on strike, anytime soon.

The workers had previously issued a seven-day ultimatum at the beginning of the month to Governor Rochas Okorocha to pay all owed salaries and pensions.

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The workers were surprised that they did not receive their pay, despite the fact that the state government had recently received allocations from the Federal Government.

Medical doctors of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, employed by the state government, last week embarked on a two-week strike because of the non-payment of their salaries as well.

The medical doctors went on strike because of the refusal of the state government to pay their salaries from January till date.

They also pressed the provision of accessible roads to the Imo State University Teaching Hospital IMSUTH,in Orlu, as well as other hospitals in the state.

The state chairman of NMA, Dr. Kyrian Duruewuru, added that if the state government refuses to do the needful at the end of the ultimatum, it would compel doctors of the federal and private medical institutions to join the strike too.

Also, Austin Chilakpu, Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in the state, has aired his views concerning matter. In an interview granted to The Guardian, he said that some pensioneers of the state claimed that they have been owed for over 54 months pension payment.

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The organized labour in Imo State, which comprised the Nigeria Labor Congress, NLC, the Trade Union Congress, TUC, and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, JPSNC, signed the letter that was delivered to the governor of the state.

The letter in part reads that: “It is pertinent to point out that no state government in the North can deny its workers their salaries during Salah.

It is, therefore, expected that no state in this part of the country should deny its workers their salaries during such all- important celebrations as Easter.

“We cannot guarantee any industrial peace if the government fails to do the needful. Labour leaders in Imo State should not be held responsible for any outbreak of industrial unrest. Government should use the seven days given to her to pay the workers and pensioners.”

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