Members of staff of Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly yesterday embarked on a three-day warning strike over non-restoration of legislative duty and other allowances by the state government.
Workers numbering about 200 in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly blocked the entrance to the complex with plantain leaves and other objects to signal the commencement of a three-day warning strike. The workers also chanted protest songs in front of the assembly complex.
They condemned the government for paying lip service to the welfare of the workers despite the fact that the state was rich in oil.
The state Chairman of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, Mr. Kufre-Abasi Aderi, said the union decided to embark on the strike after the 21-day ultimatum the union gave the government expired. The PASAN chairman said lawmakers in the state had refused to look into the demand and plight of the workers after a series of meetings between the union and the assembly.
Aderi who listed some of the workers demand to include non-payment of out-fit allowance, non-implementation of new consolidated salary structures (CONCLESS) and appointment of a deputy clerk for the Assembly, decried the poor and unhygienic working condition at the Assembly.
“Consequent upon this, the entire staff of the state House of Assembly after due consultation unanimously declared three days warning strike from yesterday.”
The Assembly staff maintained that after the 3-day warning strike if the government failed to yield to the request of the workers they would embark on an indefinite industrial action to press home their demand. “We are all human beings; despite several appeal and overtures’ the lawmakers have shown that they are very insensitive to our plight we therefore have to shut down the complex to press home our demand”, Aderi stated.