Governor Rochas Okorocha of IMO state has on Wednesday, February 10, succumbed to the overwhelming force of the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and recalled the over 3,000 workers he dismissed in January, 2016.
NLC had shut down Imo state with the commencement of a three-day warning strike over the sack of 3,000 workers and months of unpaid salary arrears among others.
The National President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, read a statement to the protesting workers shortly after the conclusion of their negotiation with the Imo State Government.
The statement read: “This is just a three-day warning strike. The leadership of labour will again meet and re-strategize, if the state government fails to reinstate all the workers it summarily sacked without following due process,” “Labour is sending a warning signal to other state governors, who may be getting ready to key into Okorocha’s bad system, about the readiness of NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, to stoutly resist such cruel, obnoxious and anti-labour policies.”
Vanguard Newspaper reports that Gov. Okorocha, however, swallowed his pride and recalled the over 3,000 embattled workers unconditionally. “The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has accepted to recall the over 3,000 innocent workers he summarily terminated their appointments without following due process,” Comrade Wabba said. The NLC Chairman urged workers to jettison the warning strike, which ought to have lasted till Friday, and resume work today, (Thursday) February 11, 2016.