NLC shuts down public offices in Cross River, embarks on indefinite strike

The Organised Labour in Cross River on Tuesday shut down public offices including Schools and Hospitals to press home their demands.

The organized labor comprising of Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC) said the action follows the failure of the government to heed its numerous ultimatum issued over its demands.

According to a statement jointly signed by the Chairmen of the Unions,14 demands were listed as contentious including among others, non-payment of gratuities to retirees of both State and Local Government Areas in the past six years.

Nonremittances of deductions from workers’ salaries; and full implementation of the minimum wage to both State and Local Government Workers.

Also on the list are non-implementation of promotions to workers of both State and Local Government; reinstatement of pensioners wrongfully removed from the payroll.

Following the action, the gates of the State Secretariat were firmly locked while many other public offices were also put under lock.

The Students of Secondary Schools in parts of Calabar metropolis were asked to go home.

At the General Hospital Calabar, the main entrance to the hospital was shut to the public.


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