The strike embarked upon by state and local government workers in Cross River State on Tuesday reportedly paralysed the judiciary and other public institutions.
The gates of the state judiciary headquarters on Mary Slessor Avenue in Calabar were under lock and key while lawyers, judges and litigants could not enter the complex.
Lawyers however declined to comment on the strike, which took some of them unawares.
Public schools were also shut as students had to return home.
Labour leaders were seen going round to enforce and monitor compliance.
The workers are protesting alleged anti-worker policies by the government.
Reacting to the strike, Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Labour Matters, Comrade Effiong Ita Umoh, said it was wrong for labour to embark on strike action without exhausting all avenues to resolve the issues