NHRC To Punish Killers Of 2 Nasarawa State Workers

NHRC, NASSARAWA, STATE WORKERSThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has assured Nigerians that anybody found culpable in the alleged killing of the two Nasarawa State Government workers will be prosecuted.

In a statement signed by the Chief Information officer of the Commission, Mrs Fatimah Mohammed, the Commission said it would also ensure that the families of the slain persons as well as the injured ones would be appropriately compensated.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by its president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba had filed a petition before the commission over the alleged killing of two Nasarawa State government workers by the police urging it to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the culprits to book.

In the petition, the Labour Leader demanded a fair and just investigation of the tragedy, with a view to fishing out and giving the appropriate punishment to both the persons who gave the order for the shooting and those who did the shooting.

NLC Criticises Upsurge In Casualisation Of Workers

NLC, WorkersThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has decried the increasing exploitation of Nigerian workers by multinational companies who prefer to engage workers on a casual basis.

The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, raised the concern on Monday while addressing participants at a conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Wabba expressed worry that the action of these companies is daily leaving scars on Nigerian workers.

He lamented the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, saying it portends danger for the nation if the situation is not urgently addressed.

The General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, Sharon Burrow, condemned the policy of most employers to the plight of the workers who she said were being impoverished.

In their remarks, a representative of the Head of Service, Emmanuel Audu and that of the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Phyllis Nwokedi, assured the workers of better working conditions.

NLC Stage Protest In Imo State

NLCMembers of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) from the 36 states of the federation led by the National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba on Wednesday converged in Owerri the Imo State capital.

The protest is to express their displeasure over the lingering issue of the concession policy by the state government as well as the suspension of workers from 19 parastatals in the state.

The Labour shut down all activities at the Sam Mbakwe airport, Owerri and other government offices under the NLC to effect the compliance of the protest.

However, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief John Oyegun is presently at the Government House in Owerri to brief newsmen about the issues.

Meanwhile a meeting between State Government and the State Executive of the Nigeria Labour Congress is  at the moment ongoing at the office of the Secretary to the Government of Imo State as they are trying to see how to resolve the issue at hand.

Okorocha Expresses Displeasure Over NLC Protest

NLCImo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has expressed disappointment over the attitude of  the national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

The Governor met with the leadership of the NLC at the Ecco Chambers of the Government House in Owerri, Imo State capital on Friday.

He said that it was obvious that the state chapter of the NLC did not brief their national leaders about the true position of things in the state before compelling them to protest against the state government on Wednesday.

The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, disclosed that from the reports made available to them, workers in the state were not happy with some plans and decisions of the government, as well as issues bothering on pensions.

While appealing to the Governor to consider the plights of workers in the state and the issues they have raised, Comrade Ayuba noted that workers are partners in progress and development facilitators in every society.

Governor Okorocha reiterated that his administration is friendly to workers and means well for the people of the state. He said that all workers in Imo State have been paid except workers in Ada Palm.

The Governor added that his government had no plan to reduce the salary of workers or retrench workers, but will not condone corruption, laziness or indolence in the state civil service and any one found defaulting would be shown the way out.

Another meeting has been scheduled by the government to find a lasting solution to the issues.

The NLC had on Wednesday staged a protest in Owerri, Imo State capital, against the alleged retrenchment of workers and salary cut by the state government.

The NLC, led by its National President, asked the government to pay the salaries of all parastatals being owed.

Labour Union Asked To Put Incoming Administration To Task

oshiomhole on Labour unionThe President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has been asked to re-position the union and seek the review of Nigeria’s Industrial Policy towards massive job creation.

The task was given to the union leader by the Governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshionmhole, at a meeting held at the Labour House.

Mr Oshionmhole told top executives of the union that majority of Nigerians were presently united by poverty, unemployment and low living standards, saying it is imperative to ensure that the welfare of the lot is consistently emphasised.

The Comrade Governor and a former President of the NLC said “the country’s economy has been run down over the past six years with a bad debt status”, making it imperative to evolve policies that are ‘pro-poor people’.

It is his first visit since the current president of the union came into office.

The controversial elections that produced the NLC boss was top on Governor Oshionmhle’s agenda, as he congratulated the President for his election which he said followed due process and urged him to face the tasks ahead and quit worrying over those he called disgruntled parties.

He, however, told the union leader to ensure that the prestige of the NLC would be restored.

Another issue that came up at the meeting was the failed NLC-Kriston Lally Housing Project over which the president assured the Governor that about 2.6 billion Naira subscribers’ money was safe in a Nigerian bank, saying three levels of action are being put in place to ensure every subscriber gets his money back.


Oshiomhole Congratulates New NLC President

NLC-OshiomoleFormer President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has congratulated Comrade Ayuba Wabba, on his victory as the new President of the NLC in the just concluded 11th National Delegates Conference of the Congress.

The former NLC President said in a congratulatory letter addressed to the new NLC President that the Nigerian Labour Movement had lost a significant amount of prestige and influence in the sight of the Nigerian working people and the Nigerian public at large.

However, Comrade Oshiomhole urged Comrade Ayuba to provide a focused and dynamic leadership for the labour movement.

“There is no appropriate moment than now to also work assiduously to re-position the Congress and brace up to the challenge of revolution of expectations of the affiliates of the Congress and Nigerians as a whole, while also providing a focused and dynamic leadership that will chart a new course for the Nigerian labour movement as vanguard in the struggle for good governance, democratic consolidation and social justice,” he said.

Calling the attention of Comrade Ayuba to the challenges faced by the labour movement, Oshiomhole said “There is also the challenge of re-uniting and rebuilding confidence amongst all the affiliates of the Congress in the spirit of unity and solidarity that the Nigerian Labour Movement shares.

“In the same vein, there is also the important task of deepening the strategic connection between the Congress and the Nigerian civil society.”

The Edo State Governor further emphasised that as Comrade President, Ayuba should see his victory as a collective and not personal one, adding that his tenure to lead the NLC is coinciding with one of the most critical periods in Nigeria’s history, politically and economically.

He, therefore, wished the new NLC President a successful tenure, assuring him of his continued solidarity, cooperation and support at all times.

Oshiomhole also appealed to those who felt aggrieved by the outcome of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) assembly, to resist the temptation of convening a factional congress.

“Let me seize this opportunity to appeal to my Comrades, in particular, Comrades Joe Ajaero, Issa Aremu and Igwe Achese to resist the temptation of convening a factional congress either on Friday or at any other date.

“Having fought the good fight, there is honour in conceding to defeat even in the face of imperfections,” he said.

However, he enjoined them all to submit to the demands of democratic principles, by extending the hands of fellowship to the new leadership in order to get on with the task of re-positioning the Nigerian Labour Congress.

Health Workers Suspend Strike

The Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) has suspended the strike which began on the 19th of August following an agreement reached between the unions, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Federal Ministry of Health and the Head of Service.

Addressing journalists at the end of the meeting which lasted about 12 hours, Minister of Labour and Productivity, Mr. Emeka Wogu announced that an understanding has been reached with the unions.

He said: “We have reached an understanding after a lengthy deliberation, which started yesterday, and we resumed at 8 O’clock in the morning today (Tuesday).
“We were able to reach an understanding, which has been signed, and based on that understanding the unions have agreed to suspend the strike, which was embarked upon.”

President of JOHESU, Comrade Ayuba Wabba while announcing the suspension of the strike said an implementation committee headed by the head of civil service of the federation has been put in place with a mandate to iron the remaining grey areas within four weeks.

Wabba said: “As enumerated by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, the Joint Health Sector Union as you are aware embarked on an industrial action based on some grievances.

“Painstakingly, we have looked at these issues and through the process of collective bargaining, we have been able to come to conclusion.

“We on this side of the divide are convinced that all the issues in dispute have been addressed. Arising from this agreement, the industrial action that we have embarked upon is hereby suspended. This is to give room to full implementation of the agreement that has been signed today.”

The terms of reference of the committee include the non-skipping of  Consolidated Health Salary Scale (CONHESS) 10 in line with the judgment of the National Industrial Court, modalities for the payment of consultancy and specialist allowance and the review of retirement age for health workers from 60 to 65years.

At the end of the meeting, a five-page Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Federal Government and representatives of the unions.
Issues deliberated upon included the constitution of board of management of Teaching Hospitals and implementation of 2008 Job Evaluation Report.

Others were promotion from CONHESS 14 to CONHESS 15 and constitution of a presidential committee to see to the implementation of the agreement.