NLC tells Oko­rocha to stop anti labour prac­tices against Imo work­ers

Daily Trust - - LABOUR - Sto­ries by Mustapha Suleiman

The Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on Imo state Gover­nor Rochas Oko­rocha to stop the un­healthy in­dus­trial re­la­tions prac­tices against health work­ers and en­tire work­ers in the state.

This call was con­tained in a let­ter signed by the NLC Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Dr. Pe­ter Ozo Eson ad­dressed to the Imo state gover­nor, made avail­able to jour­nal­ists in Abuja.

The NLC said that if the anti -labour ac­tiv­i­ties by the Imo state gov­ern­ment against work­ers of the state is not stopped, it may de­gen­er­ate into in­dus­trial cri­sis.

The union says that the in­for­ma­tion at its dis­posal from var­i­ous unions in the state in­di­cates that de­spite re­ceiv­ing the bailout funds from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment amount­ing to N26.8 bil­lion to off­set the ar­rears of salary owed work­ers, the state gov­ern­ment is yet to do so.

NLC said “Among oth­ers, the gov­ern­ment is said to owe salaries of 5-8 months to health work­ers in the Health Man­age­ment Board, Imo State Univer­sity Teach­ing Hospi­tal, and lo­cal gov­ern­ments. Also, the state gov­ern­ment has re­moved all al­lowances due to health work­ers as con­tained in CONHESS and COMESS and re­fused to re­lease check-off dues ac­cru­ing from min­istries of health, agri­cul­ture, petroleum and en­vi­ron­ment for about five months.”

NLC also ex­pressed con­cern over the sus­pen­sion of some work­ers and ar­bi­trary re­duc­tion of work­ers’ salary for no rea­sons and putting on con­ces­sion all states owned hos­pi­tals and lo­cal gov­ern­ment health cen­tres by the state gov­ern­ment with­out due con­sul­ta­tions with or­ga­nized labour.

“It is in­struc­tive to re­mind His Excellency that the bailouts from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment were meant strictly to take care of the back­log of ar­rears of salaries and pen­sion owed pub­lic sec­tor work­ers by the state gov­ern­ment and not for any other pur­pose. The idea of deny­ing this cat­e­gory of work­ers and pen­sion­ers their right to be so paid does not only vi­o­late the terms un­der which the funds were re­leased by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment but goes against the grain of so­cial jus­tice,” says NLC.

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