Cross River State Government has created gratuity account for payment of pension to 2014 retirees, as it has aslo agreed to pay 2013 outstanding gratuities to the affected retirees in the State through a table payment.
This was disclosed by the State Chairman of NLC, Comrade John Ushie. He said the governor has already directed the State Accountant General to partner with the Union to ensure that the remaining retirees receive their gratuities.
He stated, “This was part of the outcome of the meeting between the State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade and the leadership of the State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), held at the State Executive Chambers, Governor’s Office, Calabar.
The NLC chairman noted that the State Governor has approved the constitution of a committee comprising government officials and the NLC leadership to interface with some politicians in Calabar on the possibility of allowing the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to operate in the motor parks in Calabar.
He explained that the State Government has also agreed to implement the promotions of affected workers when their promotion letters are released and thanked the State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade for accepting to implement the Memorandum of Understanding reached with labour on July 2, 2017.
It would be recalled that the NLC in the State had given the state government seven days from December 13, 2017 to ensure the implementation of the MoU.
By Edem Bassey, Calabar