The Nigeria Labour Con
gress (NLC) has advocated for an independent trade union for workers in the country.
The NLC National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, stated this in a statement issued on Wednesday shortly after the commissioning of the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco new Complex in Lagos.
Wabba said that it is only through independent unions that workers welfare can better be protected and improved upon, stressing that the union and their affiliates as the union for the working class can show the way and power of the workers if the unions and officiates are allowed to be independent.
He said that the union shall continue to protect the working class despite various challenges facing the workers within the present economic reality.
The NLC leader enjoined the Nigerian workers to remain resolute as the leadership of the congress is doing everything possible for the present administration to formulate economic policies that will revitalize the nation’s comatose economy for the benefit of the masses.
The union statement also quoted the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngege, while speaking at the occesion as saying that a union becomes strong physically and financially when it is independent.
Ngege stressed that it is workers’ rights to belong to a union of their choice and employers cannot deny the workers the right of their choice.
The minister said that the government would ensure that organised labour can organize their members without any threat or intimidation by protecting the employers/employees relationship.
He stressed that employers are better off with independent unions and cautioned against manipulation and imposition of stooges as union officials and leaders by some employers to circumvent the organised force of the workers.