Government, economic, and sociopolitical activities have crumbled in Cross River state as workers commenced indefinite strike action in the State. All government offices in the state have been closed by the order of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) as workers were forced out of their offices by the unions.
Newsmen who went round the state capital observed that government workers ignored the threat of the state government of No Work No pay and obeyed labour leaders.
The state governor, Prof Bend Ayade had, through the Special Adviser Administration, Governor’s office, Calabar, Mr Mark B. Obi threatened to deal with any worker who obeys the call for indefinite strike action by labour.
Government in the press release repeatedly aired on state radio and television warned civil servants that they should remember the labour law that says no work no pay and warned them to rescind their decision on the planned strike action.
“The organized Labour should carefully note that the relevant section of the Nigeria Labour Acts which provides for No Work No Pay, the cross river state government uses this medium to appeal to the organized Labour in the interest of state development to shelve the proposed industrial action and allow government the needed atmosphere to implement the agreement as reached”.
“All civil servants are pleased advised to take note and be at their respective duty post to discharge their function as required on Monday 19th June 2017” Consequently, when the workers reported on duty this morning, the labour enforcement officers drove them away from their offices.”
But DAILY POST observed at virtually all the government primary and secondary schools visited, pupils and students roaming the streets as their teachers drove them out of their classes.