- Various labour unions in Imo state want Rochas Okorocha to approve the payment of the salaries of workers within seven days
- The unions remind the governor of the multiple sources of revenue to the state government showing there was no excuse to delay the salary payments
- The labour bodies tell the governor that all the explanations given by the state government concerning the salary issues are watery
The Imo chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other sister bodies have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the state governor, Rochas Okorocha, to pay the salaries of workers for March 2019.
In a joint statement issued in Owerri by the state chairmen of NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC); and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC); Austin Chilakpu, Nkim Tangban, Aloy Iwuanyanwu respectively, the organizations demanded the salaries of workers.
The various unions wondered why the workers had not received their salaries for March 2019.
They alleged that the allocation for the said month has entered the accounts of the Imo state government.
Vanguard reports that days earlier, Okorocha claimed his government does not owe workers in Imo state.
He had challenged the workers in the state to tell the public the truth about the state of salaries.
A part of the statement by the unions read: “Your excellecy sir, the leadership of labour in the state have made frantic efforts to see that the salaries of Imo workers for the month of March 2019 is paid through the office of the accountant-general and have not yielded any result.
“All the reasons given as why the salaries are yet to be paid is watery and as such not acceptable to Imo workers.
The organizations spoke about the government allocations to the 27 local government areas in the state, 13% derivation fund; ecological fund; internally generated revenue and many more sources of fund to the government.
“Therefore, the continuous delay in the payment of workers’ salaries becomes unjustified.
“More worrisome also is the fact that we shall soon enter into the Easter season which the workers need this salary for. It is pertinent to point out that no stare government in the North can deny it’s workers their salaries during Salah.
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”It is expected that no state in this part of the country should deny its workers their salaries at such all important celebrations as Easter," the statement said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Joe Ajaero, the president of United Labour Congress (ULC), said on Wednesday, March 20, that any increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) that would be used to pay the N30,000 new minimum wage would not be accepted.
Ajaero said this in Lagos in reaction to federal government’s indication that it might increase VAT to enable it pay the minimum wage.
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