nlcTEACHERS in public
primary and secondary
schools in Calabar on Friday
shunned the strike called by
the state chapter of the Nigeria
Labour Congress, NLC.
Most schools were in session
as teachers in government
secondary and primary
schools in state had normal
academic classes.
A teacher, Mrs Ann Odey,
told reporters that they did
not receive any directive from
the leadership of the NLC to
proceed on strike.
“We did not receive any
directive, nobody told us to go
on strike, so we are not aware
yet,’’ she said.
Meanwhile, the state
secretariat is firmly under
lock and key while in other
MDAs outside the secretariat
workers are prevented from
entering their offices by some
labour leaders.
The NLC had in a bulletin
directed workers in the state
civil service to stay at home
from Friday Oct. 2, 2015
until further directives were
communicated to them.
In the bulletin, Chairman of
NLC, Mr John Ushie, accused
the state government of trying
to divert the over seven billion
naira bailout funds to the state
for other purposes.
According the bulletin,
“Labour says bailout funds
are meant for payment of
salary arrears, outstanding
gratuities/pension and
deduction from salaries.
“Salaries of local government
staff, teachers, CRUTECH
staff, weighed-in allowance
and other salary-related
“Comrades, this is our
stand, our demand is that
Cross River State Government
offsets all these payments with
the funds, if not please stay at
home from Oct. 2.’’
Labour also accused the
government of grounding
MDAs by not releasing
funds; failure to reconstitute
boards of parastatals; lack of
promotion, among others

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