Thursday, 5 October 2017

Worker's Strike Paralyse Benue State

Business activities as well as governmental procedures has been hampered in Benue State following the industrial strike action embarked upon by civil servants.

Organised Labour in Benue State on Tuesday shut down government offices across the state as workers embarked on an indefinite strike over the non-payment of their salaries for eight and 11 months for state and local government workers respectively.

A Punch correspondent, who visited the state secretariat and offices of parastatals within the capital city, reported that all offices were under lock and key.

Labour leaders had last weekend directed workers in the state to embark on an indefinite strike due to the failure of the state government pay salary arrears after seven-day warning.
At the state secretariat, labour officials were seen enforcing the strike.

Also, the situation was not different at the offices of the Secretary to the State Government, Radio Benue, and the state Assembly complex. Schools visited were deserted.

Reports from some local government areas in the state indicated that the strike was total.

The NLC boss stated that the strike would only be suspended when substantial part of the outstanding salaries was paid.

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