Imo workers ready for war over 50% pay cut

image83Serious labour war is brewing in Imo State, following what the workers called “the inexplicable reduction by 50 percent of their monthly wages by the state government”.

Similarly, government has, through the Office of the Head of Service, Mr. Callistus Ekenze, issued what some affected civil servants called, “controversial salary table to ministries”.

Vanguard investigations revealed that the new salary table completely reversed the salaries and allowances of judicial staff, health workers and agricultural field staff attached to ministries, to “the normal salary grade levels in consonance with their colleagues on the same grade level” in other ministries.

It was also gathered that because of the devaluation of salaries and allowances to reflect the new salary table, the payment schedule in the affected ministries like Justice, Agriculture and Health, were returned to the Directors of Accounts for fresh computations.

Unconfirmed reports had it that Governor Rochas Okorocha gave the Directors of Accounts up to today, to complete the computations and return the salary schedules for payment.

Already, the lawyers in the Ministry of Justice have rejected the new salary table and were at press time, said to be preparing to challenge the government directives.

Similarly, the staff of Imo State House of Assembly and the State Assembly Commission, have rejected their salaries on the ground that all their approved allowances were carefully removed by government without their consent.

Confirming the situation Wednesday to Vanguard, some of the workers, who spoke on strict grounds of anonymity, lamented that their hazard, outfit, legislative and other allowances accruing to them, were yanked off by government.

They aggrieved workers quickly mobilized and confronted the Speaker, Chief Acho Ihim, on the matter but were counseled to go about their grievance peacefully.

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