TUC ignores call for industrial action in C’River

The Cross River State Chapter of the Trade Union Congress has ignored the call for an indefinite strike action by the State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress and advised its members to go to work.

The Congress in a release made available in Calabar says the time is not right for an industrial action and all unions were not carried along in the process.

Speaking in Calabar Vice Chairman of the TUC, Comrade Gabriel Effiong emphasized that the issues which prompted the planned action is being addressed by government and the COVID-19 pandemic has also made it inauspicious to embark on an industrial action.

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“We do not want to believe that the NLC is not sensitive enough to the socio economic environment. This ultimatum is unfortunate.

“The fourteen days ultimatum issued without consultation with other stakeholders in the labour space is an over reach, ill-timed and cannot enjoy the support of the TUC.

“We are well aware that the verification of suspended names from payroll was billed to commence before the COVID-19 induced restrictions on social gathering caused the suspension of the exercise.

“During this COVID-19 pandemic which has ravaged the economics of the world Nigeria inclusive, all hands should be on deck to steer our economy to safe grounds, and not threats of industrial unrest.

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“We do not think that crisis or threats of crisis will solve any problem and we dissociate ourselves and our affiliates from the ultimatum”, he said.

The state Chapter of the NLC had earlier called for an industrial action in the state beginning from Monday June 29 to protest government’s refusal to acceed to their demands.

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