The Imo State government has recalled workers it suspended in 19 parastatals in the state, ending the disagreement between the government and labour unions on the issue.
The decision was reached on Wednesday after a meeting between the State government officials and some leaders of the labour unions.
In an agreement signed after talks by the ‘Committee on Joint Government-Labour Negotiation in Imo State’, an immediate recall of all suspended workers of Imo State was recommended, “notwithstanding that the parastatals in the opinion of Government should have been more productive”.
One of the other clauses in the agreement is that the gross revenue of the Government from all sources would be verified every month by the joint committee of Government and Labour.
The agreement read:
“That the Government will retain and run all its affairs with not more than 30% of the verified revenue for the month, while the committee will apply the balance of 70% in the settlement of salaries of public servants and pensioners.
“Negotiations will continue with a view to fully accessing the wage bill of every Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) and to determine the funding modalities of parastatals within the agreed percentage sharing framework.
“That a comprehensive agreement will be reached by both parties”.
Both parties were also of the opinion that at a quarterly interval, the position in Imo State on the critical areas would be reviewed and compliance ensured and that all revenue subheads for the month would be fully disclosed by the office of the Accountant General to select Committee of Labour.
It was also agreed that no public servant would be victimised in way as a result of the actions or in-actions leading up to this dispute and these resolutions
The agreement was signed by some government officials, led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical matters, Honourable Emeh Ikenna, and some leaders of the labour unions’ led by the chairman of the NLC in Imo State, Comrade Austin Chilakpu
Before the suspension was reversed, members of the NLC from the 36 states of the federation led by the National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, had converged on Owerri, the capital of Imo State to hold a protest and force the state to reverse its decision.
The protest was held to express their displeasure over the Concession Policy by the state government and the suspension of some workers.