Organized labour in Imo state has suspended the strike action it declared yesterday. Dr. Reginald Anyadike, Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, who addressed newsmen after a closed door meeting between officials of the labour unions and representatives of Imo state Government in Owerri said that labour embarked on strike following the failure of government to sign agreement jointly reached on 12th May, 2012.
The Labour leader said that the agreement centred on Governor Okorocha’s policies of commercialization of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and on the issue of deployment of workers of the state civil service to their communities under the Community government.
He added that the agreement also contains the implementation of payment of pensions and gratuities to retired workers, promotion of workers and the restoration of study leave for serving civil servants.
Comrade Anyadike said that the NLC agreed with government that only MDAs that are capable of generating funds would be expected to comply with the new policy while salaries of workers would not be determined to funds generated by MDAs.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Information, Dr. Obinna duruji commended organized labour for showing understanding on the disputed issues as regards to the policies and programmes of the state government. Though, he admitted that workers salaries will no longer be tied to the commercialization policy, the Commissioner disclosed that the organized labour has assured the commitment of workers to assist the state government succeed in its commercialization policy on the ministries and parastatals with commercial enterprises will help government succeed in its revenue drive. He, however directed workers in the state to return to work on Thursday the 31st of May, 2012 and enjoined government not to effect any penalty on any of its members for participating on the strike.
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