Richard Ndoma, Calabar
The leadership of organized labour (Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress TUC ) and their affiliates Cross River State branch, has vow to go on with the proposed Monday protest and strike as planned earlier unless they get directives from the national leadership of their restraining them to sheath their swords.
NLC chairman in Cross River State, Comrade Ben Ukpekpi made the remarks while reacting to news making the rounds in the state that the proposed Monday protest has been suspended by organized labour.
He said that a time has come when the state government has to look into the plights of workers in tbe state stressing restoration of names of workers delisted from payroll about a year ago would help the affected persons have a send of belonging.
A communiqué signed by TUC chairman Comrade Monday Ogboum and his NLC counterpart comrade Ben Ukpekpi, issued by joint leadership NLC and TUC, Cross River State branch after deliberation in a meeting held at the john Ushie Solidarity Centre Friday in Calabar, , the organized labour leaders decried that misunderstanding between state government and organized labour has seriously impacted negatively on the welfare of workers.
The organized labour further called on the state government to look into the issue of Payment of gratuity, which has piled up since February, 2014 and called on the state government to quickly addressed the situation without further delay and called on both State and Local Government Pension Authorities to clear the backlog of Pension that has accumulated in the last 4 months.
They urged the Cross River State Government to tow the part of honour and integrity by keeping to terms of agreement reached with the organized Labour, which includes restoration of names delisted from the Payroll.
Others area which the labour leaders wants state government to addressed includes restoration of Salary structures of the State College of Health Technology, stressing that this is the only Health Education Body that trains people to take care of the citizens at the primary Health care level.
” This must be done to enable the College gets accreditation from its National Body. The communiqué added.
The labour leaders further urged the State and Local Government to return the various Motor Parks to management of the National Union of Road Transport Workers’ (NURTW) if sanity is to be restored at various motor parks in the state.
The Labour called for the release of Check-off dues and other deductions made on Workers’ Salaries stressing that such release would assist workers in the state off-set their obligations to financial institutions.
Other issues trashed by the communique includes restoration of the Weigh-in allowance to members working in the Media Sector, particularly Television, Radio and Paper Printing Workers in the State and others.