Edem Edem, Calabar
The workers of the Mirage Hotels in Calabar Cross River State have protested over their eleven months unpaid salaries.
The workers made their grievances known on the workers’ day celebration which held at Abraham Ordia Sports Stadium, UNICAL Calabar where they protested the non- payment of their salaries.
Carrying placards with various inscriptions such as ‘High Chief Edem Duke give us our right, Cross River State Government please help us, Mirage hotels please give us our 11 months salaries, NLC and TUC please help us’, they walked round the stadium.
The demonstrating workers were however, begged by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to stay action pending when the congresses will look into the matter.
Speaking with our correspondent, one of the protesters who pleaded for unanimity said the hotels owes them eleven months salaries and the management had made no attempt to pay them.
He said the workers have approached the Chief Executive Officer,but nothing positive came out of it.
The workers however, pleaded with the NLC and Trade Union Congress to press on the management of Mirage to pay them their eleven months salaries,explaining that was why they brought the protest to the venue of the Workers’ Day celebration.
The protesters also call on the state government to plead with the management of the Hotels to pay them as they have work and they needed their wages.
“We want the state government to intervene, that was why we come to the venue so that Governor Imoke will see us with placards but official of NLC/TUC pleaded with us not to cause trouble”
Frantic efforts to get in touch with the management of the mirage hotels proved abortive as those in the office refused to talk.