Chairman of the State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Austin Chilakpu has said that the state government has paid workers in the state upto the month of February while that of March is on-going, adding that while Junior workers from grade level one to six got one hundred percent of their salaries, workers from grade level seven and above got eighty percent of their salaries following the agreement to that effect between the Labour Leaders and the State Government.
Comrade Chilakpu gave the explanation while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting between Labour Leaders in the state and the Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha with other Senior Government Functionaries on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Government House Owerri stressing that the Labour Leaders were also talking with the government to begin to pay the workers 100 percent of their salaries regardless of the agreement the parties had reached on the issue of salary.
The State NLC Chairman also stated that “Labour does not support absenteeism or workers doing those things that are contrary to the enabling laws guiding civil and public service. We have pleaded with the governor that all those workers suspended be pardoned but not that they will not feel the pain, if there is no pain it will look like we are supporting indolence and absenteeism which is what we are preaching against”.
He continued “Henceforth, we agreed that those who do not attend work 100% should be ready to face the music as labour will not intercede in such matter again”.
Comrade Chilakpu further added, “For those that falsified their certificates or working with another person’s name, labour does not look into criminal matters and those found guilty must face the wrath of labour”, thanking the governor for prompt payment of salaries.
Speaking on behalf of the government, the chairman of the joint committee Ugwumba Uche Nwosu pointed out that the governor’s pardon will only be enjoyed by those that had up to 30% attendance as those that got below can be best described as ghost workers.