Cross River: NLC Berates Government Over Illegal Deductions, Job Casualization Among Others

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By Maxwell Effiong

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Cross River State Council has berated the State Government.

The union said the Cross River State Government doesn’t have the welfare of its citizens and residents at heart.

Arising from an emergency State Executive Council meeting, the NLC Cross River Chairman, Comrade Ben Ukpepi said: “the Cross River State Government lacks concern in the matter pertaining to the welfare and security of its citizens which makes the State porous and susceptible to threat, kidnapping and other criminal activities.”

The union faulted the illegal deduction of money from some Civil Servants and not honouring agreements by the Sen. Ben Ayade administration.

NLC Cross River said the illegally deducted money should be returned back to the Federal Mortgage Bank (FMBN), Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Cross River State College of Education and pay balance of sixty-six percent to CONJUSS salary structures.

Comrade Ben Ukpepi in a ten point communique jointly signed by the Acting Secretary, Comrade Ita Ayi said “the Government as a matter of urgency and great concern should pay monies deducted from workers salaries to the appropriate quarters.

“Oblige the request made by the FMBN; provide land for housing for workers in the State. Implement minimum wage in CRUTECH, reinstate weigh-in allowance for Radio, Television and Theatre Art Workers.

“Release funds for accreditation of NCE academic programs for Cross River State College of Education and restore the salary structure of CONPCASS/CONTEDISS to workers of health technology.”

Comrade Ukpebi while reading the communique decried non payment of gratuity to retirees and non implementation of promotions to workers as well as the high level of casualization of jobs in public and private sectors.

He requested for employment of more workers to enhance succession planning and continuity of service. Ben further called on the Government to enforce the MOU with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on the management of motor parks in the State.

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