The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State has begged the Organized Labour in the state to shelve their proposed strike action in the state for the sake of the ordinary people of the state.
The APC disclosed this in a press release by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Onwuasoanya FCC Jones, on Monday. According to the press release, “The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress is appealing to workers in Imo State and all affiliates of the Nigerian Labour Congress, to please shelve the planned industrial action proposed by several labour unions in the country.
“This is because the action when embarked on will negatively affect the ordinary masses more than it would affect the elite whom the labour leaders are aiming to get their attention to implement certain demands”.
The party in the state said the state government has been friendly with the workers in the state “and has done everything possible to ensure that Imo workers are happy”.
The party added: “We are aware that the State governor, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has assured that he will be ready to pay whatever is finally agreed on as the National Minimum Wage by all stakeholders. The APC government in the State shall also go a step further like always to give better incentives to Imo workers in order to improve their productivity.
“Also, all other issues as advocated by other unions like the ASUU, NASU and other affiliates are receiving the best possible attention by the people’s friendly APC led government at various levels.
“As a Party of the masses, we are concerned that this strike action will grievously affect the suffering masses more than it will ever affect the elite, hence, our earnest appeal to the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress, and its affiliates, especially, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, National Union of Electricity Employees, etc, to please shelve the planned strike action, while exploring alternative dispute resolution strategies to get the government to accede to their demands.
“As a Party, we can assure all Imo workers that we are committed to their improved welfare and shall always side with them in the best interest of the masses. We shall do everything within our powers as a Party to intervene towards ensuring the quickest resolution of all disputes between labour and the government”.