Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has given Cross River State government seven days ultimatum to clear arrears of salaries owed civil servants in the state.
The state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke had during this year’s May Day celebration promised to pay all outstanding salaries owed workers in Cross River before May 15 this year.
Unfortunately, the state government reneged on its promise prompting the state branch of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, to issue a one week ultimatum to the state government.
In a letter to the state governor jointly signed by the state secretary of NLC, Chief Ita Ayi, and the TUC secretary, Elder Umo Williams, they expressed regrets over the state government’s failure to fulfil its promise.
According to the duo, workers in the state “have waited patiently for the payment of their salaries to date without success.
“The NLC/TUC in a joint meeting held on 20th May, 2015 unanimously resolved that the Cross River state government pays all outstanding arrears of salaries on or before 25th May, 2015.”
They warned that “if the government fails to pay these entitlements, labour will be left with no option than to embark on an indefinite strike action from Tuesday, May 26.
Most workers in the state, however, described labour’s action as belated. A staff of the state Ministry of Works, Mr. Bassey Kusak accused labour leaders in Cross River of hobnobbing with the state government to the detriment of the workers.
“It is unfortunate that the NLC is an appendage of the state government; if not for directives from the national headquarters of NLC, labour leaders in Cross River would never have acted.”
Another civil servant in the state, Mr. Andem Ekpo blamed trade unions for the woes plaguing workers in the state.
Mr. Ekpo noted that labour leaders in Cross River “are opportunists who do not have the interest of workers at heart.”

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