Jonglei State government operations have been halted after civil servants in Bor protested a cut in their allowances.
Civil workers in Bor are protesting a decrease in their allowances, which has brought Jonglei State government activities to a halt, according to a government spokeswoman.
This comes only days after the state administration declared that an allowance increase for public officials would be reduced and the funds would be utilized to improve security in the state.
Civil employees, on the other hand, rejected the reduction and went on strike on Monday.
The state communications minister, Veronica Wiliam Deng, explained in a Radio Tamazuj report seen by NCMP that they had been unable to function since the morning because protesting public employees locked down the government offices.
“Our public employees shut down the General Secretariat and ministries this morning,” she said. “There are no government offices open. Because the government is shut down, all ministers are inside.”
She said that the legislature’s much-anticipated opening has also been hampered. “We should have been at a session opening the parliament by now,” she said, “but we woke up to this development.”
Minister Veronica, who serves as the government’s spokesperson, said that talks are underway to fix the issue.
“We don’t think this will last the rest of the day. We’re enlisting the help of public workers to find a solution to this situation. They are claiming that they want the money that our governor added to their wages back. Our message is for them to voice their demand in a peaceful manner “he said
The Jonglei Trade and Workers’ Union’s interim president, Abraham Mading Amer, is sure that the demonstrations would continue if the government fails to pay the allowances.
“All of the allowances we asked for during the demonstrations are included in our pay arrears for July, August, and September. However, beginning in October, the government will reduce several allowances. This was rejected by us,” “he said. “The government has sufficient funds to carry out security operations.” Why not lower their salary as well as our allowances? “
“Police arrested a representative of the Teachers’ Union this morning, and they are targeting my secretary-general and myself for arrest,” he continued. Protests, on the other hand, are still going on.
The state police commissioner, Joseph Mayen Akoon, denied knowledge of any arrests and maintained the situation in Bor was quiet.