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Imo workers suspend strike

By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—The leadership of labour in Imo State,  has after dialoguing with government representatives, suspended the four-day warning strike it embarked upon since13 April  2010.
Announcing the suspension, the Chairman, State Public Service Negotiating Council, SPSNC, Mr. Chris Aharanwa, said, “given the progress so far recorded in the meeting held with government officials on the 12-point issue raised by workers union, it became expedient to suspend the strike.”

The state government delegation comprised the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Secretary to Imo State Government, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Senior Special Adviser on Labour Matters, and Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Planning, as well as the Head of Service.

According to Aharanwa, labour commenced the warning strike to press home the demand for government to ratify certain institutional provisions that would strengthen the public service, even as he maintained that negotiations were still on.

Saying that “public servants are expected to resume work immediately.” Aharanwa also promised that he would make available to workers, details of the agreement reached with government on the issues raised by labour.

He commended the commitment of the state government towards ensuring industrial harmony in the state and expressed the hope that the partnership would be able to address all the issues related to the state workers’ welfare.


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