By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—Some workers in Imo State, yesterday, argued that from 2016, the state government was paying them half salaries, just as the Imo State chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Paul Akalazu, said the government had paid up to date based on the 70/30 per cent agreement.
The workers, who spoke to Vanguard in Owerri, on the grounds of anonymity, said the 70/30 per cent agreement had made them “poorer” and argued that it should be reviewed “immediately.”
They also claimed that they have lost confidence in the leadership of their unions for not addressing the issue of paying them 100 per cent of their entitlements.
Speaking to Vanguard, state chairman of TUC, Akalazu, agreedthat pensioners in the state were owed but said that a meeting was ongoing to ascertain the number of months they were being owed.
However, he said the workers in the state, from levels 1-6 received 100 percent of their salaries, adding that plans were ongoing to ensure that from levels 7-16 receive 100 percent of their salaries.
He said: “Yes, they are owing pensioners. Before the present government , there were outstanding salaries some of which has been paid.
“But the issue we have with the governor is the forms which he gave to the pensioners to sign, which some of them who are hungry went ahead and singed. We went on air and condemned that act. We said pensioners’ money is a statutory right and must be paid to them. And that it is unconstitutional not to pay them what is constitutionally their right.