OPPOSITION Peoples Democratic Party in Cross River State has advocated for better welfare for workers in the state.

This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Labour strike in Cross River State, our position’, by the party’s state Publicity Secretary, Mike Ojisi.

The party said in the statement issued on Thursday, “We wholeheartedly identify with the struggle for a better welfare and remuneration for workers, not just in Cross River State, but the country.

“We feel sincerely concerned that workers who are the true drivers of government policies and programmes are treated shabbily.

“We are also worried by the seeming reluctance by the state government in implementing the promotion of both state and local government workers, non-remittance of deductions from workers’ salaries, non-implementation of the full minimum wage to both state and local government workers and apparent refusal to implement full 27.5% teachers’ enhancement allowance and tax exemption for workers as earlier promised by the state governor.”

The party called for the speedy resolution of the trade dispute to prevent the masses from suffering.

“While we condemn in strong terms the ill treatment meted out on workers in the state, we call on labour leaders to also consider the plight of innocent masses that have been forced to remain at home due to the strike,” the party added.

 Meanwhile, government has faulted organised labour’s insistence on industrial action, claiming it has met their demands, even as the strike continued for the third day.

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The state Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivara Esu, who spoke at a scheduled meeting with labour leaders, which they failed to attend, decried their (labour) attitude and wondered why they failed to keep to their part of the agreement with government.

He also condemned labour’s failure to show up for the meeting and their resort to locking up government offices.

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