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Imo State Workers Embark on Indefinite Strike

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On Monday, July 27, 2015, all government offices in Imo state were shut down, following the industrial action ordered by the leadership of the labour unions operating within the state.

The upset workers down tools over the planned slashing of their monthly wages and allowances by the state government.

The labour leaders warned that they would be constrained to transform the five days intended warning strike into an indefinite strike, if government fails to pay their salaries.

The state government in a press statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, described the 5-day warning strike as uncalled for and is not justifiable.

He disclosed that, “The five-day warning strike is uncalled for. It is not justifiable especially when it is on record that the Rescue Mission Government in the state had never owed workers before now”.

Adding that, the agreement government entered with labour leaders was that where the bailout fund was not sufficient.

He added, “It is against the backdrop of these agreements that the state government feels disappointed with the 5-day warning strike, which the workers in the state have embarked upon now because the truth of the matter is that the bailout fund has not come. We had earlier made such clarification and the situation is still like that”.

However, the CPS reasoned that the labour leaders would have done their investigation to see whether the government was saying the truth or not, with the issue of the bailout fund.

Also, investigations revealed that members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, also joined the strike on sympathy ground.