Spark of anger …Imo Newspapers’ retirees plan protest march to demand their rights

The National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Workers (NUPPPROW) has given notice of a plan by the retired workers of Imo Newspaper limited to embark on a demonstration over their unpaid end-of-service entitlements.

In a letter to the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the union regretted that no positive measures have been taken to ameliorate the sufferings of the affected retirees, some of who have died as a result.

The letter, signed by the union’s Secretary Eastern Zone, Mr. A. Iwuanyanwu, stated that various committees set up by government on the issue of payment of end-of-service benefits to the workers had since submitted their reports and recommendations to the government without any outcome.

The union stated that it could no longer restrain the affected former staff of the company from embarking on a peaceful protest to register their grouse with government.

According to the letter dated March 10, 2014, the sick ones on wheel chairs have asked to join in the demonstration since life has become unbearable to them.

The Union noted that government had produced a solution to the plight of retirees of the sister media house, Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), adding that the newspaper workers were not asking for pension but their severance benefits since the company is not pensionable.

This, NUPPPROW stated, is easier to treat because the retirees are paid off.

The Union, which stated its support for the government, passionately appealed to the government to look into the matter.

Meanwhile, the two weeks notice given to the government to look into the case has expired.


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