Workers in Cross River State’ s civil and local government agencies have declared an indefinite strike, according to the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
After a series of appeals, they enumerated 13 demands that they said the government had neglected.
The unions also argued that they had no choice but to go on strike because the government had failed to act on their appeals.
The workers also claimed that a series of letters to the state government had been disregarded, as well as 21- day, 14- day, seven- day, and three- day warnings to the state government, all of which had been ignored.
While launching the strike in Calabar, NLC Chairman Ben Okpepi and TUC President Monday Ogbodum, backed by affiliated unions in the state, said, ” We have sought all avenues for conversation with the state administration but we have been ignored, and this strike is total and indefinite. ” We’ d rather go to jail than give up our demands this time since this government only has a year and six months left in office, and if we don’ t get our demands met now, there won’ t be another opportunity. ”
Non- implementation of worker promotions since 2016, non- payment of gratuities to retired workers since 2014, failure to re- absolve 33 workers whose names were incorrectly deleted from payroll, refusal to move payroll compilation from auditors to accountants, and failure to implement yearly step increment for workers are among Okpebi’ s demands.
” During the implementation of the Minimum Wage in 2019, organized labor and the state government agreed on a percentage that would be implemented in full after a year, but that has not happened yet, and even the agreed amount is being implemented haphazardly.
” Gratuity is not paid even to people who have retired. ” It may surprise you to learn that some local government employees who retired after 1990 have not collected their gratuities, and the majority of them have died. We can’ t keep living like this.
” While other governments have implemented the federally mandated 27 percent Enhanced Salary Allowance for teachers, Cross River State has yet to do so, and all efforts to persuade the government to do so have failed. ”
” We are on strike against the Cross River State Government, not Governor Ben Ayade. Our demands are critical to us, and they must be satisfied. We are willing to dialogue at any time, but for the time being, let all workers down tools to push our issues until we hear from them, ” he said.
He highlighted that an implementation committee had been formed to oversee and ensure that all state government employees adhered to the strike’ s terms.