• Wednesday, June 12, 2024
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Labour strike grounds economic activities in Cross River

Angst, anxiety mount over news of fresh strike

The industrial action declared by organised Labour and the national executive of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has paralyzed economic and social activities across Cross River State.

As of Monday morning, most activities across the state were shut down particularly by civil and public servants across

Most government offices like the federal and state Secretariat, public schools, government hospitals and others were under lock and key.

Activities in other institutions like the courts were suspended and commercial banks within the Calabar Metropolis were shut.

Students in public schools were turned back as their gates were shut but private schools within the state opened their doors to their students.

Similarly, some private hospitals and health centers were seen attending to their patients.

A notice posted on most government offices in the state capital by the Action Committee to affiliates of the NLC and TUC have reasons for the strike.

The notice dated June 2, 2024 partly reads states that the strike action follows failure “to agree on a new national minimum wage and subsequently pass it into law before the end of May, 2024.

“Reverse the hike in electricity tariff from N225kwh to 66kwh.

“Stop the apartheid categorization of Nigerian electricity consumers into bands”, the message read.

State chairman of the NLC in the state Comrade Gregory Olayi in an interview said the strike is in deference with the directive of its national executive and is a success in the state.