Workers in Cross River State  today Monday, June 15, 2020 began an indefinite strike following the state government’s failure to meet with the agreement reached with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Cross River State chapter during the negotiation of the minimum wage.
The union had last week given a notice of an indefinite strike action to press home its demands.
Members of the Union in an emergency State Executive Council (SEC) meeting held Thursday last week at the Labour House on Marian Road Calabar, resolved that everything would be done to ensure commencement of the strike and full participation of all affiliate unions.
Its demands include immediate restoration of workers whose names were removed from the payroll in September, 2019,  implementation of promotions, stoppage of compulsory remittance of check dues of some workers to the Association of Senior Civil Servants, resolution of the NURTW park control crisis in Calabar Municipality and Calabar South.
The Chairman of NLC, Comrade Ben Ukpepi haf expressed concern that workers whose names were removed from the payroll could not be allowed to continue to suffer without reinstatement after the agreement in February, 2019.

Meanwhile, The Trade Union Congress (TUC ), Cross River state chapter, and the State Public Service Negotiating Council on Sunday, June 15 dissociated themselves from the strike action, saying there were no cogent reasons for workers to embark on strike at this time.

The two bodies made their positions known in separate letters addressed to the state governor, Sir Ben Ayade.

TUC’s letter was signed by Comrades Daniel Effiong and Ken Bassey, Vice Chairman and Secretary respectively while that of the State Public Service Negotiating Council was signed by Julius M Nkoji, Chairman and Clarkson Otu for Secretary.

Both bodies berated the NLC for being insensitive to the prevailing global economic situation occasioned by the global pandemic, COVID-19.
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