Only about 48 hours since civil servants in the Southwestern states of Oyo and Osun went on strike over unpaid salaries, civil servants in Cross River have come together under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to indefinitely put work on hold.
The strike which began yesterday was prompted following the inability of the outgoing administration to deliver on its earlier promise to pay salaries in arrears to workers.
In a statement by Ndoma Akpet, chairman of the JAC; “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.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Christian Eta, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor has disclosed that the outgoing administration is committed to delivering on the promise of payment of salaries to the civil servants in the State.
“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.