Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Imo workers embark on 7-day warning strike

Civil servants in Imo State on Monday, began 7 days warning strike in reaction to alleged plans by the state government to slash their pay by over 30 per cent.
A statement by the leadership of all the affiliate unions of the workers in the state made available to The PUNCH directed that all workers should stay at home within the period of the warning strike. The statement also warned the workers against accepting any salaries from the state government.
When our correspondent visited the state civil service secretariat situated along Port Harcourt Road Owerri, the gate was locked. The premises were also deserted.
Report reaching us from the state indicated that the picture was the same at the Owerri Municipal Council secretariat opposite the post office as workers who ignorantly came to office were locked outside the gate.
It will be recalled that Governor Okorocha had as a measure to cushion the effect of the dwindling revenue from the federal allocation allegedly announced the deduction of workers’ salaries in various categories.
Some of the workers who spoke to our correspondent lamented their predicament and accused the state government of insensitivity to their plight.
A Ministry of Information and Strategy employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that some staff took loans from the banks with their salaries as collateral, insisting that the banks were not interested in what was going on between the government and workers in the state.
Meanwhile, Okorocha has scheduled a meeting with the union leaders tomorrow (Wednesday) to look into their grievances with a view to ending the strike.

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

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