Imo State Government has begged the state and national leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to consider the long standing cordial relationship that has existed between them and drop their planned shutdown of the state.
According to a press statement signed by Chief Press Secretary of the state, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, on behalf the governor, appealed to labour not to embark on any strike that would not benefit anyone.
The national leadership of the NLC should be patriotic enough to advise the leadership of the NLC in the state to honour their invitations to participate in the high-powered 18 – member committee set up by the state governor to review the cases of the staff affected by the suspension in question, so that the matter can be resolved amicably in the spirit of no victor, no vanquished.
He said the 18-member committee set up by the state government included the state NLC Chairman, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman, the State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Chairman of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), and Representatives from Magistrates Association of Nigeria, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Imo State University (IMSU), Imo Polytechnic, and Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
He explained that the inauguration of the committee could not take place last Tuesday, because the Labour Representatives did not show up for the exercise.
Labour had threatened to shutdown the state once the 14-day ultimatum issued to the state government to recall the sacked workers and tackle their unpaid salaries and other benefits expires.
Governor Rochas Okorocha had recently sacked 3,000 workers of the 19 parastatals, agencies and departments, and stopped their salaries with effect from January 4, 2016.
The Labour held a protest in Owerri, the state capital, to condemn the action of the governor. The protest was led by the National President of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba.