Workers in Imo embark on indefinite strike; Head of Service reacts.

 The Guardian  is reporting that workers in Imo began an indefinite strike on Tuesday to press home their demands for regular salaries and improved working conditions.   

Chairman of the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, Colman Okwara and Secretary, Roland Adebayo, had on Monday issued a statement directing workers in the state to commence indefinite strike until directed otherwise. The rest of the report below:

When The Guardian visited some offices, including the State Secretariat along Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, the gates were under lock and key and no worker was seen around.

However, two earlier statements from the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, Prof. Anthony Anwukah and Head of Service, Mrs. Nkechi Onumajulu, warned workers not to embark on strike, stressing that any civil servant who kept off from work should consider himself or herself as voluntarily retired, while computation of retirement benefits would be carried out.

The statement also disclosed that Governor Rochas Okorocha has suspended the activities of the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council, for alleged financial impropriety, adding that any gathering convened by it was illegal.

 

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