Nigeria: NLC Begins Strike in Cross River

30 June 2020

The activities of Cross River Government were paralysed yesterday following the indefinite strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

The state chapter of the NLC led by Comrade Benedict Ukpepi had declared an indefinite strike over nonpayment of pension, gratuities, removal of names of civil servants from payroll implementation of promotion, among others.

Some agencies and offices rendered skeletal services and their workers closed early.

At the new secretariat on Murtala Mohammed Highway in Calabar, a team of NLC officials, policemen, and other security agencies were seen enforcing compliance.

The NLC chairman said, "The strike is successful. The few staff at the New Secretariat are mostly members of Trade Union Congress who cannot work without our members."

There was confusion initially over the strike as the TUC pulled out of the industrial action, citing wrong timing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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