Ebonyi State governor, Chief Dave Umahi has vowed not to implement the new salary structure demanded by the state’s civil servants, saying there is discrepancy in the table as it gave junior workers seven percent increment and 125 percent to the senior ones, which makes it faulty and non-implementable.
He spoke at the weekend while inaugurating 15 heavy duty trucks procured by his administration for massive agricultural revolution in the state.
The statement came on the heels of the seven days warning strike by workers in the state, which commenced last week Friday over what they termed the unwillingness of the state government to pay them salary based on the current salary table.
Governor Umahi said since it was the decision of the organised labour to go on strike, he could not stop them but would not implement their demand.
“I saw bulletin being circulated by organised labour calling for strike and I cannot stop them from going on strike. But I want them to know very well that we will not implement their demand; we will not do that.
“I will continue to pay them the salary structure recommended by the Sam Egwu-led committee until next two months when an acceptable chart will be out.”
He said he had thought that the Egwu-led committee report would have interested the workers but wondered why they decided to embark on strike.
Umahi expressed dismay that the workers embarked on the warning strike without considering the economic situation in the state, adding that he could not use the money for development of the state to pay workers salaries only.
The organised labour is insisting that the salary table as approved by Ebonyi State government and established in circular No 3/2015 with Ref: NO: HOS/EPM/OO74/20 dated April 9, 2015, with effect from February 2015 remains sacrosanct and irreversible.


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