Employees of Imo State Oil Producing Areas Growth Fee (ISOPADEC) on Tuesday, took to the streets of Owerri, the Imo State capital, demanding for the return of their wage scale.
DAILY POST gathered that the protesting workers additionally demanded that their month-to-month wage be paid as at when due.
The chief of the delegation and chairman of the ISOPADEC employees, Chinedu Awuzie, whereas chatting with the press, stated the ailing remedy meted on them by the federal government was undeserved.
Based on him, “the federal government has pissed off us sufficient. Throughout our final protest in 2020, 15 of us together with a pregnant girl have been arrested and detained for 35days when the court docket granted us bail.
“The federal government had in similar 2020, sacked over 108 of our workers, and alleged they have been employed illegally by people.
“As if that was not sufficient, the present authorities beneath Senator Hope Uzodinma went forward to slash our salaries.
“All we ask for is for the federal government to approve our full scale wage as what it was once. We ought to be entitled to our rights and privileges since they stated we aren’t pensionable.
“We now have been agitating towards this nevertheless it appears the federal government is popping deaf ears. Allow them to do the needful and return our salaries to regular or we are going to embark on a mom protest,” he stated.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the fee, Promise Ekeh confirmed that there was a slash of their wage, disclosing that the Managing Director of the fee, Charles Orie, with the assistance of the board, had engaged the federal government to discover a lasting resolution to the problem.
In the meantime, the protesting employees brandished casket tied with pink ribbon to mock the State Governor.
There have been a number of inscriptions on their placards which included, ‘we wish a return of our full wage’, ‘the federal government is suffocating us to demise’, ‘we don’t deserve this ailing remedy from the federal government’, and so forth.
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