Civil servants in Cross River have forfeited their promotion arrears amounting to N3.8 billion owed them by the state government for four years.
They want the government to use the money for the development of the state.
Mr. John Ushie, Chairman of the state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), disclosed this on Sunday in his speech at the 2016 May Day celebration in Calabar.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme for this year’s May Day is: `The Working Class and the Quest for Social Economic Revival’.
Ushie said that the decision was taken after the union had observed that the state government would not be able to pay the arrears because of the dwindling revenue accruing to the state.
“The labour leaders and workers have observed with keen interest the enormous responsibilities shouldered by Gov. Ben Ayade of the state in the area of projects execution.
“Following this development, workers have decided to support this administration by sacrificing all monies accruing from arrears of promotion within 2012-2016 to the tune of about N3.8 billion.
“The organised labour in the state is grateful to Gov. Ayade for the prompt payment of workers’ salaries in the state,’’ he said.