The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called for unity of purpose among labour leaders in the country to achieve better wages and improved working conditions for the workers.
In a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by its National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the union tasked the various affiliate unions and workers to unite for a vibrant labour struggle against oppressive employers and elected officials in the country.
Wabba emphasised that every member of the organised labour movement irrespective of the union’s affiliation and ideological perspective must appreciate and understand that only in unity can labour achieve the desired results and benefit, from the collective struggle against subjugation of the employees.
He stressed that the organised labour leaders, no matter their union or association, must consciously see the welfare of its members as very essential in their overall struggle.
The NLC boss called for a labour national action by all affiliates of the congress that must deem it sacrosanct to mobilise its members for the battle ahead, adding that in solidarity labour leaders must play their part in order to achieve success through commitment and working together with one determination.
Wabba reminded the working class to obtain their Permanent Voters Cards now through the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) ongoing Voters registration nationwide with a view to voting out public officers that have contributed to non-payment of salaries across the states.
He further stressed that the workers must prepare to vote out elected political office holders who are refusing to pay the workers their salaries, promotion arrears and other benefits.
The labour leader restated that the workers have the electoral power and therefore must use it effectively to exercise their voting right this time.
He called for the cooperation of all affiliate unions to strengthen the congress’ determination to overcome challenges inherent in the labour struggles ahead.
It would be recalled that after the March 2015 NLC National delegates election in Abuja, the one United Labour Movement Under umbrella of NLC has splite into two with the formation of United Labour Congress (ULC) based in Lagos.