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Cross River Workers Begin Strike October 2

Posted: Oct 2, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Nsa Gill


Last minute efforts to resolve differences between the government of Cross River State and its workers ended in a deadlock on Wednesday before the Independence Day holiday.

Accordingly, the State Joint Negotiating Council under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) directed all workers in the state public service to stay at home indefinitely from October 2, 2015.

The labour action committee bulletins issued to direct the strike cited a newspaper publication in which the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, was quoted to have said that “…bailout funds are for repayment of bank loans.”

The workers noted however that “Bailout funds are meant for payment of salary arrears, outstanding gratuities/pension and deduction from salaries; salaries of local government staff, teachers, CRUTECT staff, Weighed-in allowance and all other salary related payments.”

The State Chairman of Joint Service Negotiating Council, Comrade Thomas Igbang, who issued the bulletins spoke on with Daily Independent on the outcome of the last meeting with the government in the governor’s office, which the governor reportedly walked out with anger.