By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
In Cross River State, our correspondent, Vitalis Ugoh, reports that the warning strike was total as all Federal and state Ministries and MDAs were locked up as early as 7.30 am yesterday.
In the state capital, both the Federal and State Secretariat which use to be a behive of activities looked like a “grave yard”, following the strike action, except for the members of the Organised labour parading the entire area “chanting solidarity songs”.
Joined in the strike action, include staff of PHCN and banks, our Correspondent added.
As at 12 noon, most of the ATM centres within the bank premises had very long queues as customers waited for hours without any withdrawal.
In a bulletin entitled”National minimum..wage warning strike” pasted on the walls of government buildings, read as follows, “National Minimum Wage Committee was commissioned on November 2017 to arrive at a National Minimum Wage by August/September, 2018”.
It said “the committee was satisfied with memoranda received from 21 state government’s, specialized agencies of Federal government, organised private sector, organised labour and the general public”.
“The minister of Labour and Productivity during the 40th anniversary celebration of NLC in February, 2018 assured that workers will receive an upgrade wage by September 2018, it added”.
It went on to state that “the review of minimum wage was due more than two years ago,. adding that “pump price of petroleum products, electricity tariff among others have increased within this administration”.
The Naira, it added, “is devalued, and all are faced.with hyper-inflation”.
The state chairman, Pastor John Ushie described the warning strike as a huge success.
He appealed to both Federal and state civil servants to stay at home and wait for further directives. There is no going back until our demands are met, he said.