‘We are dying’ – Imo sweepers protest 5 months unpaid salaries

Some sweepers beneath the aegis of Affiliation Imo Sweepers (AIS), on Tuesday, staged a peaceable protest over the non-payment of their 5 months wage arrears by the Imo State Authorities.

The protesters, who’re largely widows from the 27 LGAs of the state, got here out of their sweeping kits and holding brooms in entrance of Authorities Home Owerri, had been additionally seen interesting to the governor of Imo State to pay them their salaries.

Talking with NAIJATABLOID, Mrs. Eberechi Opara, who spoke for the group, mentioned that they normally work between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday by way of Sunday for the Uzodinma-led authorities and the federal government has refused to pay them their hard-earned cash.

She mentioned, “Over the last Christmas season, we didn’t have any vacation and there was no motivation from our employer, the state authorities. But, our employer owes us 5 months’ salaries. No Christmas present, no bonus. We went residence empty-handed.

“A very good variety of us who couldn’t address the cruel scenario had stopped working, the remainder of us are doing it on empty guarantees that we are going to be paid at some point. Most of us are indebted to meals sellers and so they have refused to promote to us on credit score.”

All efforts made by NAIJATABLOID to achieve the state’s Commissioner for Data and Technique, Mr. Declan Emelumb, proved abortive as he refused to take his calls and by no means responded to the message despatched to him. NAIJATABLOID

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