Ambulance Drivers, Undertakers Threaten Strike In Abia
Protesters beneath the aegis of Hearse, Ambulance, Casket, Mortuary Decorators Union have threatened strike actions whereas lamenting concerning the illegal assortment of revenues by touts in Abia State.
They marched by main roads in Umuahia, the state capital, inflicting heavy visitors snarl across the metropolis.
They blared sirens and placed on their car headlamps as they drove round at a snail tempo, drawing the ire of different highway customers.
Addressing newsmen in entrance of Gity Gate Mortuary, Umuahia, the place they took off, Chairman of the union, Comrade Uche Kalu, mentioned touts working as income taskforce had not given their members any respiratory area within the state as they saved extorting cash from them.
In keeping with him, the louts topic the members to all kinds of funds starting from N2,000 to N10,000 with out receipts.
He mentioned that the income collectors even broke their automobiles’ windscreen, aspect mirrors and lights in some situations in a determined bid to extort cash from them.
The chairman argued that their members “aren’t industrial drivers however are into humanitarian companies” and shouldn’t be subjected to extortion within the identify of income.
He referred to as on the state authorities to order the louts to cease disturbing his members to allow them function with out hitches.
The union members threatened to embark on one month strike ought to the harassment of their members persists after the peaceable protest.
He mentioned, “We would like the federal government to cease these ‘touts’ (louts) from disturbing us. They break our automobiles and delay our actions not minding whether or not we’re carrying sick individuals or useless our bodies.
“What we’re doing is humanitarian companies and shouldn’t be handled as industrial drivers. 5 minutes delay of ambulance on the best way is harmful. This insanity has to cease! Authorities should warning these touts.”
Requested if they’d formally notified the state authorities, he mentioned the union had in 2007 in the course of the administration of ex-Governor Orji Uzor Kalu, written to the governor however no motion was taken.
He, due to this fact, appealed to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to return to their rescue.