OWERRI – The planned industrial action by workers in Imo State was again re-scheduled yesterday, following the passionate appeal by the State Chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Reginald Anyandike.
Addressing workers at the State Secretariat Complex premises on Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, Comrade Anyadike told the government staff that labour leaders were meeting with representatives of the state government.
He said: “Labour is intent on realizing the payment of the approved minimum wage for workers in the state. There is no going back on this target and we must realize it.”
He pleaded for just two days within which government must either agree to pay or face the unpleasant consequence of having all government workers on industrial action.
He said: “We have been patient all this while. We have tried to show goodwill to the present administration. Labour is only hoping that our patience will not be overstretched beyond its limit.”
An aggrieved female worker, who simply gave her name as Toochukwu wondered why the August salary was not paid with the agreed new minimum wage.
“We are tired of the current deceit. Government has no reason not pay the new minimum wage. We do not need to wait indefinitely for government to pay this wage”, the staff said.
Vanguard recalls that a government press release, signed by the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Soronnadi Njoku, and aired several times in all the radio and television stations in the state called for patience from workers.
As at the time of going to press, it was not clear if government will agree to the terms put forward by the labour leaders, especially the date for the commencement of the new wage.
-BY CHIDI NKWOPARA