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C’River workers begin indefinite strike

C’River workers begin indefinite strike

Yvonne Williams

Workers in Cross River State will on Friday embark on an indefinite strike following government’s inability to meet their demands.

Bulletins circulated by the Organised Labour Action Committee indicated their demands to include salaries of local government workers and teachers, salaries of staff of the Cross River University of Technology,  weigh-in allowances and other salary related payments.

They were piqued that the government claimed that the bailout funds they received was to offset loans acquired.

In the bulletin made available by the Chairman of Trade Union Congress, Mr. Clarkson Otu, the workers said, “Labour says bailout funds are meant for payment of salary arrears, outstanding gratuities/pension and deduction from salaries.

“Comrades this is our stand, our demand is that the government offsets all these payments, if not please sit at home from October 2, 2015.

“MDAs are grounded, no activitiy, no funding. One man show, no exco. Boards, commissions and agencies not formed. Promotion of civil servants stalled. Salaries paid in parts, no release of deductions from salaries. Civil servants are made bad debtors to banks and loan vendors. All we hear is noise and sirens. Comrades, we are tired of waiting.”

After a botched meeting with Governor Ben Ayade, Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. John Ushie, said the governor never granted them audience to sort out the issues until they had to resort to strike.