Cross River State Civil Servants Begin Indefinite Strike Over Unpaid Salary Arrears

By Chris Nomjov

Civil servants under the Cross River state government payroll, have embarked on an indefinite strike action over delayed payment of their salary arrears. The Joint Action Committee of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress in Cross River has declared an indefinite strike by civil servants in the state, as the government had failed to pay salaries, owed them.

In a release by the Chairman of JAC, Ndoma Akpet, Labour said the strike, which commenced on Tuesday, became inevitable following the inability of the outgoing administration to honour its earlier promise to pay the arrears.

“In spite of assurances by the government during the May Day celebration that arrears of salaries will be paid before expiration of the present administration, the government has failed (to fulfil) the promise.

“We, workers, under the employ of the Cross River Government can no longer watch as our lives and destinies are being toyed with and destroyed by an insensitive administration.

“Right now our children are out of school due to inability to pay school fees.

“Also a good number of us are dying because of inability to settle medical bills while starvation is everywhere.

“We are, therefore, calling on all workers under the employ of the state government to stay at home as from Tuesday May 26, 2015 until you hear from us,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Christian Eta, has said the outgoing administration is committed to paying workers’ salaries before leaving office.

“We are surprised that they still embarked on the strike despite the commitment of the government to pay them April and May salaries before May 29,” he said.

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