Obiano promises to address labour this time
By John Ndu
Awka, May 2, 2018 (MOI) Gov. Willie Obiano has assured state Government workers that he will make efforts this time around to address the welfare of workers.
``This is spite of persisting economic meltdown and paucity of funds,’’ he said while addressing workers as they marked the May Day Rally at Ekwueme Square, Awka.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, urged them to be patient as a committee had since been set up to look into all the issues raised by organised labour in the state.
According to him, among issues being considered by the committee are upward review of the state pension scheme, shift duty and housing allowances.
Others include responsibility allowances, a review of data processors and absorbing workers into the Anambra State Civil Service as well as the Parastatal agencies.
This year's celebration has as its theme: ``Labour Movement In National Development: Dare To Struggle, Dare To Win’’.
Earlier, in an address, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Jerry Nnubia explained that the workers had been expecting the implementation of the new minimum wage of N66,500.
Nnubia, then, demanded a refund of all deductions from 2014 to date made from workers' salary in respect of the Contributory Pension Scheme.
He also appealed to Gov. Obiano to intervene in the disparity in salary structures of state and local government workers.
``Train and retrain workers to expose them to modern techniques of discharging their assigned duties.’’
The Labour leader, however, condemned the non-implementation of 65 year retirement age for staff of Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe.
Nnubia also solicited for payment of arrears and gratuities to retired local government workers and teachers from 2015 to date.
This year `Workers’ Day Celebration’ in Anambra State witnessed low turnout of civil servants and top government functionaries at the Ekwueme Square Awka, as compared to last year’s celebration.
According to sources, the low turnout may have been over inability of the Gov. Obiano to be physically to address the workers on various labour issues in the state.
March past by different affiliate unions of NLC and Trade Union Congress formed the highlights of this year’s May Day. (MOI)