The organized labour in Imo State has called on the Dtate Government to clear arrears of salaries and pensions owed workers in the state.
The re-elected State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Austin Chilakpu, made the call while speaking on the 2019 May Day celebration in Owerri.
He expressed regret that staff of Ada Palm plantation were owed over 54 months salary arrears, those of State Agency for the Control of Aids were owed 27 months , Due Process Office 10 months while many civil servants were yet to collect two months arrears of their salaries.
Comrade Chilakpu noted that workers and pensioners in the state had gone through difficult times in the last eight years and urged Governor Rochas Okorocha to use the remaining days of his administration to put smiles on the faces of workers and retirees.
The State Commissioner for Labour, Employment and Poverty Alleviation, Mr. Blessing Nwamerenini, said government had taken measures to address the burden of pensions and salary arrears of staff of some agencies in the state.
He said Imo State Government was part of the tripartite committee that negotiated the new national minimum hence would not hesitate to implement the new structure.
Our Correspondent reports that this year’s May Day celebration recorded low turnout of workers as Heroes Square, venue of the event appeared almost empty.