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WORKERS DEFY OBI

By NBF News
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Civil servants in Anambra State on Tuesday continued their strike in spite of Monday's threat by the Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, to withhold their salaries.

The workers, who held a rally at Arroma Junction, also went round government offices to enforce the strike, which began on Thursday.

But thepolice eased them out of the judiciary complex, where the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria said they had pulled out of the strike.

The State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Patrick Obianyo, and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Mr. Peter Okafor, who addressed the workers, said they would not go back to work until the government paid them the new minimum wage they were demanding.

'No pay, no work,' they declared to counter the 'No work, no pay,' stance of the government.

The state public service sector has been paralysed by the strike, which is indefinite.

Though the government insisted that it had complied with the New Minimum Wage Act by raising the minimum wage in the state to N18,500, the workers insisted that what government gave was a bonus as it was not negotiated.