The new chairman of the Imo State chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Austin Chilakpu has vowed to fight against anti-labour policies of the state government. Speaking with journalists in Owerri the new NLC boss stated that he would use his position to ensure that no civil servant was witch-hunted in the course of performing his duty.
Chilakpu revealed that he would look into such anti labour issues as casualisation of workers in the state, as well as that of civil servants working in parastatals without salaries. He also disclosed that the issue of study leave must be addressed immediately and that situation where the workers were paid without commensurate salary would also be addressed. Chilakpu also hinted that he will look at the issue of Director of Administration and General Services (DAGS) who are posted to the ministries, adding that they should be returned to the local government areas where they came from. He noted that civil service is a career, insisting that people should be allowed to grow in their profession.
The NLC boss opined that the issues of Adapalm, ITC, Imo Rubber, Imo Concorde Hotel, where workers are treated like slaves will have to stop, remarking that the way the Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha would smoothen the relationship between labour and the government is to carry the workers along and treat them with respect.
He however urged the workers to sit up to their responsibilities by shunning lateness to work, loitering about during office hours, trading around the office, truancy, lack of punctuality to work among other issues that the civil servants fall short of duty. Chilakpu, who emerged on the 23rd April, 2015 NLC election held throughout the country is the head of all the hotels unions in the state. Before his emergence as the Chairman of Labour, he was the former Auditor, former Assistant Secretary, former Vice Chairman and former Secretary of NLC.