The Organized Labour, Imo State has given the State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorochas, conditions to be met by the State Government to pave way for negotiation between the State Government and Organized Labour.
Civil servants in the State had on Monday, July 27 embarked on 7 days warning strike over non-payment of several months’ arrears of salaries and other benefits including gratuities.
In a letter dated, July 27, addressed to the State Governor, Owelle Anayo Okorocha, the Organized Labour demanded outright payment of certain Percentages of arrears of salaries owed workers and Pensioners, in various ministries, parastatals and agencies, for them to call off the strike.
Another issue that must be addressed by the government is the withdrawal of letter no GH/PS/420/1/410 dated July 3, 2015 issued by the Principal Secretary to the Governor, reducing the salaries and allowances of lawyers in the Ministry of Justice.
The letter titled: ON GOING WARNING STRIKE BY IMO WORKERS: THE WAY FORWARD was signed by 13 officers of the Organized Labour, including Comrade Austin Chilakpu, State Chairman NLC, Comrade Ken Onwuemeodo, State Secretary NLC, Comrade Akalazu Paul, Chairman TUC, Sir Basil Iwu Secretary TUC, Comrade Augustina Ogini, State Chairman JPSNC, Comrade Agbara G.C. State Secretary, JPSNC, among others.
On the payment of salary arrears, the Organized Labour gave concessions, so that the state government would not have to pay the entire arrears before they call off the strike.
They listed various indebtedness to workers in the state.
For example, establishments that are being owed three months, are all the Ministries, Local Government, Imo House of Assembly, IMSUTH and College of Health Technology.
Establishments that are being owed between six and nine months arrears include Adapam (8 months), State Pensioners (6) Local Government Pensioners (7), IBC Pensioners (6), Imo Water Corporation, (8) and ITC (9).
Retired Primary School Teachers, are being owed 19 months.
Those that are being owed two months, include Teachers and Government Press.
The Organized Labour demands that the above issues be implemented on or before Friday 31st, July, 2015 to pave way for resumption of work.