Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and leaders of the organised labour in the state yesterday agreed on modalities for the payment of arrears of salaries owed workers in the state, with labour shelving the planned seven days warning strike.
The organised labour had threatened to embark on warning strike for seven days following failure of the state government to pay workers their three months salary arrears.
Governor Okorocha accompanied by other top government officials and the labour leaders led by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, chairman, Comrade Austin Chilakpu met Monday in Owerri, the state capital, where they addressed contentious issues.
After the all-important meeting which lasted for hours, the governor and the labour leaders jointly addressed the media on the agreement reached at the parley, as well as assurances by the governor to pay the civil servants in the state their outstanding two months salaries and one month to teachers, beginning from this week.
Speaking earlier, Okorocha commended workers of the state for being diligent in their duty but decried the activities of bad eggs among them who he said attempt to spoil the good ones.
“I want to appreciate workers in Imo State for showing understanding for non-payment of few months salary,” pointing out that it was as a result of economic situation in the country.
In their separate speeches, the NLC chairman, Comrade Austin Chilakpu, Trade Union Congress, TUC, chairman, Paul Akalazu, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, chairman, Comrade Hyacinth Emele, and Joint Negotiating Council, JNC, chairperson, Lady Ogini Austina, made it clear that the labour does not support absenteeism or any form of indiscipline among workers.

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