Workers Day every year is a time federal and state civil servants use the opportunity to seek better welfare packages from their employers.

One of the major demands from the workers at the 2018 May Day celebration was an improved minimum wage.

However, workers in Imo state appeared to have gotten more than they asked for, when governor Rochas Okorocha told them they have all been promoted to the next level.

He said the automatic promotion is not on a step basis but on the basis of the grade of the workers.

“Workers are the life wire of every organisation. I salute your courage, your commitment and resilience during the trying times with numerous challenges ranging from insecurity, lack of infrastructure and low remuneration.

“You have remained partners in the success story of this administration. I am not unmindful of your needs. I am ready to pay you allowances, even sleeping and absenteeism allowances,” he said.

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On the minimum wage, the governor assured the workers that whatever the Federal Government had agreed to pay workers, “Imo government will not be found wanting.”

He said his government was able to reduce Imo pension from N1.7 billion to N700 million which would make for easy payment.

Okorocha called on the workers to ensure they registered at the ongoing registration of voters, saying their vote is their power to vote in people of their choice during election.

The state Chairman, Trade Union Congress(TUC) Imo State Council, on behalf of the organised labour, complained of ill treatment meted to Nigerian workers by subsequent governments.

He said that the labour union had contributed immensely towards the political development of the country but had faced a lot of challenges in the efforts towards national development.

The highlight of the 2018 Workers’ Day celebration held at the Heroes Square, Owerri on Tuesday, was the presentation of one million Naira to a pregnant woman who led the march.

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