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Labour in Imo rejects Okorocha’s policies, may down tools

The organised labour in Imo has rejected Gov. Rochas Okorocha’s policies of decentralisation and commercialisation of the state public service.

It also rejected the Community Government Council (CGC), initially termed the fourth tier of government.

The Chairman of the Joint Public Service Negotiation Council, Mr Coleman Opara, announced the workers’ resolutions on the issues on Tuesday in Owerri at a rally at the state government secretariat.

Opara said that public servants in the state were totally opposed to the policies because they were not in the interest of the workers.

He threatened that the workers might embark on strike if the government failed to rescind the decisions, explaining, however, the leadership of the workers would meet with the governor over the issue.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that under the new arrangement, the government plans to redeploy some workers to rural communities where they will be part of the CGC.

Under the commercialisation policy, ministries and parastatals are to generate revenue to pay their workers.

But Opara said the plan on redeployment violated the Civil Service Rule, adding that the governor’s aides were not advising him properly on the issues. NAN


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