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Cross River Workers Begin Indefinite Strike

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The Cross River State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will begin an indefinite strike tomorrow, its Chairman, John Ushie, said yesterday.

The union leader said the workers resorted to the action due to their unresolved issues with the government.

According to a bulletin signed by the Organised Labour Action Committee, the issues include the suspension of promotion to deserving civil servants up to 2016, the disengagement of payroll consultants, illegal deduction of workers’ salaries, full payment of gratuity to retirees from Paris Club refunds, release of monthly impress to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), resolution of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) impasse in the state and payment of newly appointed permanent secretaries’ salaries.

The bulletin, titled: Commencement of Indefinite Strike Action, reads: “This is to inform you that at an enlarged Congress of Cross River State, civil/public servants workers unanimously voted to proceed on an indefinite strike over the following issues, with effect from Tuesday, May 30.

“We are, therefore, calling on all workers, under the employ of the Cross River State government, to stay at home from May 30 until you hear from us.”
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