Government workers in Cross River State civil service have embarked on an industrial action in protest of the State Government’s failure to resume negotiations with the State Labour Congress on burning issues affecting workers in the State.
The decision to commence the strike action was reached at a joint meeting of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Public Service, Negotiating Council recently in Calabar.
While briefing staff of the Ministry of Lands and Housing on the decisions of the Labour Unions, the Branch Chairman, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCN), Comrade Jude Osang, said the agitations of the body are due in all manner of good conscience.
He appealed to the State Governor, Senator Prof. Ben Ayade, to consolidate on his brave start of providing quality leadership by listening to the agitations of workers in the State.
Also speaking, the Unit Chairman, Nigerian Civil Service Union (NCSU), Mrs. Comfort Okwe, appraised the leadership of Prof. Ayade and urged the Union members to remain calm, assuring them of Government’s commitment to the yearnings of its workers.
A State ex-official member, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigerian (ASSN), Monday Ogbodum, maintained that workers welfare is uncompromising and stressed the need to quickly review the performance and status of various sectors in the State with a view to improving services.
Meanwhile, a circular has been issued by the joint bodies to workers in the state ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to commence an indefinite strike from yesterday until Government meets their demands.
– Edem Edem, Calabar