As the two factions of
the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) continue to lay claims to being the authentic leadership of the congress, Nigerians and the working class would remain in a state of suspense as to which faction actually represents the congress and the interest of the working class.
The NLC of the Comrade Joe Ajaero faction had denied any plan to suspend the picketing of banks throughout the country following the recent mass sack by six banks
A statement on Wednesday in Lagos, signed by the factional NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said that the plan is in place for the labour union and its affiliates, National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) are satisfied to picket the banks.
Ajaero denied the remour that the picketing had been suspended, stressing that the rumour making the rounds was not from his NLC faction.
He said that NLC has never had any discussion with the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA), the Ministry of Labour or any other group purporting to represent banks under any platforms in relation to the planned NLC picketing of the banks.
He said that the NLC had issued a 21-day ultimatum to the banks in June and that the ultimatum expired on June 29, thereby making the NLC compliant with the standard practice for engaging in industrial action within the ambits of the laws of the federation.
Ajaero said that industrial relations disputes such as illegal mass sack are not addressed in summits but through established framework that governs the relationship of the social partners, adding that it is after the impunity has been thoroughly addressed and resolved that a summit to map the way forward is convened.
He said that the banks should not be deceived into believing that the union’s intention had been scuttled.
He promised that the congress shall demonstrate the power of the labour movement in the coming weeks as a bastion of the people’s morality and of the workers’ interest and rights.
The factional NLC leader said that the workers in the banking and financial sector actively supported by the congress were determined to wage a compelling struggle that would once and for all bring sanity to the industrial relations clime in the sector.
He reassured the workers that there was no basis for the illusory call-off of the picketing as all the issues that necessitated the picketing ultimatum were yet to be addressed.
Meanwhile, the Comrade Ayuba Wabba faction of the NLC has stated that the proposed committee on the new national minimum wage is yet to be constituted by the government and the NLC.
The NLC factional President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday said that while the Federal Government agreed to constitute two committees to address issues raised by organised labour following increase in the pump price of petrol, the committee on the review of the national minimum wage had not been constituted by government.
He said it was false and misleading, the rumour of government setting up a committee on the minimum wage without labour knowing.