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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Cross River state workers ordered their civil servants to stay at home

Cross River State workers ordered their civil servants to stay at home

While others resume today the Cross River State workers ordered their civil servants to stay at home.

Economic activities in Cross River have been paralyzed following a joint strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Cross River State Chapter.

The workers embarked on the strike on Monday in connection with a request by the organized labour for improved welfare package for the workers.
A survey by NATIONAL ACCORD correspondent shows that ministries, departments and state government schools remained under lock and key as a few civil servants and students were seen loitering around their premises.
In a telephone interview, the chairman of the NLC, Cross River Chapter, Comrade John Ushie said the unions decided to call out workers because “the state government reneged on agreement reached with labour”.
Comrade Ushie listed some of their grievances to include “the nonpayment of pension and gratuities to retirees, no promotions to staff who are due, implementation of salaries to those elevated to the ranks of permanent secretaries among other demands.
The state NLC boss said that the strike will not be called off until the government implements the agreement reached with labour.

Reacting to a radio announcement this afternoon calling on workers to resume work immediately, labour called on the workers to discountenance the announcement and continue to stay at home.
The workers, through the NLC boss indicted the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Ms Tina Agbor for allegedly, not forwarding the agreement reached between labour and the state executive, weeks after the agreement was reached. Comrade Ushie, onbehalf of the workers called on the governor, Prof Ben Ayade to sack the SSG “for incompetence”.
It would be recalled that about two weeks ago, the state labour congress had threatened to call out workers on strike. But based on plea from the state Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, the labour conceded.
Meanwhile, the governor has issued a release of “no work, no pay” cautioning the civil servants to resume work immediately.
In reaction to this threat, the NLC has advised workers not to panic but to continue to stay at home pending further directives from labour.

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