Water Board Workers Protest Unpaid Salaries

Water Board Workers Protest Unpaid Salaries

Workers of the Imo State Water Board yesterday took to the streets of Owerri, the state capital, to protest non-payment of four months salaries and seven months arrears, as well as 2011, 2012 leave allowances and other entitlements by government.

The protesters, clad in black attires and carrying placards, matched to the Government House and House of Assembly to register their grievances.

Addressing journalists, the leader of the team, Comrade Ike Joseph said before the protest, his members under the labour union wrote a letter dated October 19, 2012, to Governor Rochas Okorocha through the commissioner for public utilities and rural development and the general manager of water corperation, but that nothing was done about it.

He said staff of the Water Cooperation have been operating with facilities purchased by the late Sam Mbakwe administration about 30 years ago, adding that the facilities are overdue for replacement because they are no longer serving up to full capacity.seph said the corporation is the only state parastatal that is not receiving subvention.

The workers lamented that their families are experiencing hardship, and that the situation has caused the death of some of their staff and family members.

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