Imo govt truce with labour may not last -PDP chieftain

By Our Reporter

A people’s Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Imo State, Dr. Chidi Onuoha, has faulted the truce between the Imo State Government and the organized labour reached recently, saying that it may not be the solution to the problem.
Onuoha who is a member of the newly inaugurated PDP caretaker committee, Imo State chapter, queried items 5,6 and 7 of the said resolution by the committee on the joint Government Labour negotiation, saying that  the agreements went contrary to the civil service rules.
He said that by the agreement on item 5 which states that negotiation would continue with a view to fully assessing the wage bills of every ministry, departments or agencies within an agreed percentage sharing frame work, the implication is that what a worker collects in one month may not apply in another month.
Again, according to Omioha, popularly called “Mmanu-Akara,” item ‘6’ states that a comprehensive agreement will be reached by both parties while item7 provides for a quarterly review of the agreements to ensure compliance.
The PDP chieftain said that the workers were engaged under stipulated rules and to begin to re-write the rules midway would not augur well for both parties.
Dr. Onuoha said that for equity, fairness and justice, every agreement should be in total compliance with civil service rules because it is not proper to change the goal post when the football is on.
He observed that most of the workers had served for 10 years and above before the present administration was elected.
He wondered why the state government denied the sack of the workers only to agree later to “swallow its vomit” by recalling them.
He foresaw a breakdown in the truce because according to him, Gov. Rochas Okorocha might feel that his ego had been wounded and would go round to get even with the workers.
Gov Okorocha had announced the recall of more than 3,00 workers he suspended from the state service after the national executives of labour had organized a mass movement that shot down activities in the state capital Owerri.
NLC chairman, Imo Comrade Austine Chilakpu, said that an agreement between labour and the government stipulated that labour would manage 70% of the state income while the state government would use 30% for developmental projects.

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