The strike by the organized labour in Imo State yesterday paralyzed activities at various government establishments across the state. Our correspondent who visited the state secretariat on Port Harcourt Road, State High Court Complex, various primary and secondary schools in the state capital, Owerri reports that offices and court halls were under lock and key.
Even the state-owned radio and television station was shut down following the strike. Leaders of the workers were seen moving from one establishment to the other to ensure compliance. The organized labour in the state had on Monday embarked on a five-day warning strike following what they described as the state government’s violation of terms of agreement jointly reached by both parties.
It said the action was to press home its objection. The warning strike involving all the affiliate bodies of Labour in the state namely Trade Union Congress, TUC, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, National Union of Local Government Employee, NULGE, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Joint Health Sector Workers Union, JUHUSU, Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, JPSUC, and National Association of General Medicine and Dental Practitioner, NAGGMDP, with the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, joining on sympathy, sources close to Labour disclosed is to compel government to obey the said agreement.
But as the shut-down raged, Governor Rochas Okorocha rather expressed disappointment wit he workers’ unions for calling out their members on a warning strike action. In a statement made available to The UNION, Okorocha said his disappointment was because of the agreement between labour and government that when the bail-out fund was released to the state government, salaries would be fully paid up to June.
-Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri