The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has vowed to carry on with its plan to shut down Imo, if the State Government refuses to recall sacked 3, 000 workers after 14 days deadline.
Representative of the union, who is also the President of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Mr. Igwe Achese said this on Wednesday.
According to him, the union gave 14 days ultimatum to the government on Friday, January 22 and once the ultimatum expires, it will take action and there will be a total shut down of the state.
He said, “We have it very clear that once the action starts, we will stop fuel and electricity supplies, banks and shops will be closed among others.”
Recall that the Ayuba Wabba faction of NLC at its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting last Friday in Lagos, warned that Imo would be used as an example to others, saying “Congress resolved that any state governor who violates the sacred duty of regular payment of salaries, gratuities and pensions will incur the wrath of workers. Congress also resolved to mobilize to any state that retrenches workers because workers should not be made the scape goats of the downturn in the economy.
The benefits of political employees are not touched. They are paid regular huge sums that are not even approved by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission.