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Labour Writes Ayade, Set to Shut Down Cross River

Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade

October 11, (THEWILL) – The Cross River State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have resolved to commence an indefinite industrial action in the state.

This, they said, is due to the failure of Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade to meet the 14 demands made by the union. 

This is contained in a letter dated October 7, 2021, and addressed to the state governor.

The letter was signed by the six labour leaders in the state, including Ben Ukpepi of the NLC and Monday Ogbodum of the TUC.

Some of the grievances highlighted in the letter include non-implementation of promotions, non-payment of gratuities and non-remittance of deductions.

Others are refusal to fully implement the minimum wage and the non-implementation of the full 27.5% teachers enhancement allowance.

In a bulletin issued by the labour unions on Monday in Calabar, all state and local government workers were asked to “down tools to press home our demands.”

“Dear comrades, whereas an enlarged Congress of organized labour, meet on Wednesday 6th October, ,2021 at Nigerian Civil service Union NCSU Secretariat, to deliberate on the many issues, troubling the workers of Cross River State;

Whereas the Congress, after extensive deliberation, resolved that all the workers in the state and local government should down tools to press home our grievances. 

“Workers are hereby called upon to stay at home, from Tuesday 12th October, 2021

“Comrades stay at home until you hear from us.

“Cross River is to be on a shut down from 12th October, 2021, as a result of the strike”, The labour unions told workers.