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Labour shuts down Imo, Okorocha recalls sacked workers

11 February 2016, 12:19

Owerri- The Nigeria Labour Congress started a three-day warning strike to protest against the concession of 19 parastatals and dismissal of over 3 000 workers by the Imo State Governor Governor Rochas Okorocha.

It was learnt that the protests led to the shutting down of public schools, banks, government institutions, local council secretariats, filling stations, and supermarkets, among others.

Also read: Sacked workers: NLC advises Imo residents to store food at home

Workers were said to have converged around 8am on Wednesday at the Nigeria Labour Congress secretariat on Edede Street, Owerri, where they were jointly briefed by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress before marching to Orlu roundabout.

Heavily-armed policemen were seen manning some strategic points in the state capital to any forestall breakdown of law and order.

The workers wore black clothes and chanted solidarity songs, while displaying placards bearing inscriptions, some which read, “Okorocha, you are wicked,” “Rochas revert your policies, it is anti-workers” and “We cannot fear your antics again,” among others.

They eventually stormed the Government House where they were addressed by Governor Okorocha.

The governor it was later learnt recalled the sacked workers.

Source: Punch

- News 24


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