COVID-19: C’River rice growers protest three months’ wage arrears

About 300 employees employed by the Cross River State authorities as a part of the COVID-19 aid employees have protested the non-payment of three months’ wage arrears.

The protesting employees are a part of the 8. 000 employees engaged by the state authorities in a much-publicized COVID-19 palliative measure geared toward lowering the affect of the disaster on the individuals.

The employees who protested on the headquarters of the Cross River State Ministry of Agriculture to air their displeasure with the state authorities mentioned they labored on the state’s rice farm and might now not bear the burden of working every single day with out pay

Chatting with newsmen, one of many protesters who craved anonymity for worry of victimization mentioned they will now not bear the burden of working with out being paid significantly now they’re harvesting the rice which they planted three months in the past.

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She mentioned “we’re one of many people who have been working within the Cross River State rice farm throughout that point and about 8, 000 of us resumed work in Could 4, this yr however the preliminary plan was for 8, 000 individuals.

“Once they known as us we went there however due to the state of affairs of the farm, some individuals deserted their work and so about 390 of us have been left.

“We labored and so they paid us wage on the sixth of June however they didn’t pay everyone as a result of they left that day when the governor personally got here to the farm to pay.

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“The following day we resumed work and the farm supervisor mentioned they gave him info that we should always go and relaxation for 2 weeks and we’ll obtain a name to come back again.

“After three weeks about 50 of us acquired textual content messages to come back again and since that July until now we’ve not been paid and we’re nearly ending the harvest of the rice”, she mentioned.

She mentioned they determined to protest to attract the eye of the federal government to their plight.

No official of the ministry addressed the protesting employees as on the time of submitting the report and the employees vowed to proceed the protest till their wants are met.

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