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August 14, 2018

Stop further attacks on Enugu communities – Labour union charges Buhari

The Enugu State Chapter of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has called on the federal government to take urgent and drastic measures to put an end to the incessant attacks and killings of innocent citizens by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Reacting to the recent attack on Ndiagu Attakwu Akegbeugwu community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, which led to the death of a catholic seminarian and four injured persons, the labour leaders in a statement jointly signed by the State Chairman of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe and its secretary, Comrade Benneth…

Minimum wage can’t buy bag of rice – NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress, Anambra state chapter, on Tuesday described as laughable that the country’s minimum wage could no longer buy a bag of rice. The Chairman of the congress in the state, Mr  Jerry Nnubia, stated this during a rally in solidarity with Nasarawa state workers who were allegedly killed by the police while protesting against the slice in wages by the state government on July 29. Nnubia who said it was wicked for any state government to think of cutting down workers’ pay at this time of economic hardship, described the Nasarawa action as inhuman. “ We are…

Stakeholders condemn reduction of work days in Imo, Benue

Labour leaders, lawyers, academics and other stakeholders have condemned the move by Imo, Benue and Sokoto to reduce the working hours and days in their states. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that the development was illegal, unconstitutional and a fundamental breach of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention. NAN reports that Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue had directed civil servants to use Fridays for farming, while Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo pushed for a law that provides for three days for work and two days for farming. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba…

Okorocha declares Thursdays, Fridays as ‘farming days’

…Scraps annual leave for civil servants Wonders shall never end!. In another twist, the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has directed that civil servants in the state would now work for three days in a week, Mondays to Wednesdays, and use Thursdays and Fridays for Agriculture. Government said the policy tagged: “Back to Land for Agriculture”, is to enable the state workers engage and invest in agriculture for self-sustenance. Governor Okorocha, made the policy known when traditional rulers from the state, operating under the aegis of Royal Fathers in Agriculture, paid him a courtesy call at the Government House…

Stop using projects as excuse for non-payment of salaries, pension – Workers tell Ikpeazu

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Abia, yesterday urged the state government to settle workers’ salary arrears. A communiqué issued by the State Chairman, Comrade Uchenna Obigwe and the acting Secretary, Comrade John Onaga, after the state executive council meeting, in Umuahia, warned Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to stop using projects embarked upon by his administration “as a hindrance to pay workers’ salaries”. It said “Abia workers are currently passing through hard times due to non-payment of salaries”, calling on the Governor to “as a matter of urgency, address the issue of pension arrears owed to pensioners in the State which…

Obey court order declaring hike in electricity tariff illegal – NLC warns NERC, Discos

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has commended the ruling of the Federal High Court, sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos which declared the 45 per cent electricity tariff increase illegal. The NLC gave the commendation on Wednesday while reacting to the ruling in a statement signed by its President, Ayuba Wabba. Wabba said “the court ruled today that the tariff increase by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) was illegal and should be reversed immediately. “The increase is illegal, unfair, unjustifiable and a further exploitation of the already exploited Nigerians as due process in the extant laws for such an increment was…

Labour vows to resist new petrol price

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has vowed to resist the new price of petrol announced by the Federal Government on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Minister of Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachukwu announced that PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) also known as petrol, will now sell between N135 and N145 per litre. The Minister told bewildered Nigerians that the new price regime which takes immediate effect, was reached after “a meeting of various stakeholders presided over by the Vice-President, and attended by the leadership of the Senate, House of Representatives, Governors Forum and Labour Unions (NLC, NUPENG and PENGASSAN). A press release by…

Imo workers’ salaries cut by 30 %

…NLC sets up committee to look into Govt. Revenue Imo workers may have won the battle to save 3,000 jobs axed by the State Government early in January, but the war over their salaries is not over. This time, all workers will be forced to take a 30 per cent pay cut every month, until the state’s revenue improves or labour wrestles Government down on the issue. The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Imo State Council, has advised workers to swallow the bitter pill and accept the cut while its financial watchdogs investigate Government’s revenue, especially those internally generated. Labour said…

“Ndigbo Don’t Need Biafra” – A Rejoinder (2)

This is a journey of those who have decided to die for what they believe in. Surprising but commendable! Regrettably, a considerable number of IPOB peaceful protesters have been shot dead and many others seriously injured. Mention could be made of the 21year old young girl, Nkeiruka Ikeanyionwu shot dead at Onitsha and some IPOB unarmed peaceful protesters shot dead at Aba while praying on the 9th of February 2016 at a Secondary School ground. She was a student of Federal College of Education Umunze Anambra State. Reacting to the tragedies the IPOB unarmed peaceful protesters are experiencing from the…

At last, Okorocha sacks over 3000 workers … more to go

When the National Executive of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba visited Owerri penultimate week in solidarity with Imo workers, they paid a courtesy visit to Governor Okorocha, during which they condemned threats by the governor to sack some civil servants in the state without due process. During the interactive session, Governor Okorocha said there was no such threat and that the labour leaders were misinformed by union leaders in the state, insisting that government has no plans to sack any worker. But the national labour leaders had hardly returned to Abuja when the…

Workers shut down Imo …over sack threat – As fuel scarcity paralysis Owerri

NLC President Ayuba Wabba with Governor Okorocha The reason for the signing of the government’s obnoxious Form given to civil servants late last year seem to be dawning on the already harassed Imo workers. When in December last year, labour leaders warned Imo workers against appending their signatures on “sack-warrant Form” provided by the state government as a condition for collecting their salary arrears and allowances, the warning was largely ignored by the hungry workers who needed the money badly to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Now, with Christmas rice and stew over and the money largely depleted, the consequences…

Why Labour Shut Down Owerri Again

The Protesting workers and pensioners on Tuesday.

The Protesting workers and pensioners on Tuesday. Hoping that those concerned will listen, Labour leaders have warned of massive job losses in Imo State, if Government goes ahead to sell more of its parastatals. On Tuesday, prostesting workers said Government was  owing workers massively and still planned to send more home by way of privatization. The protesters representing three trade unions were led by Comrade Austin Chilakpu of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). “We want the whole world to hear our cry. We welcomed this government with great enthusiasm when it came on board with the mantra of job creation….

Punish those behind fuel crisis – NLC tells Buhari

  The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) few days ago asked the in-coming president, Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that the cabal controlling the country’s fuel importation business is sacked to restore normalcy in the sector. The NLC said business and commercial activities in the country were brought literally to a halt as a result of the activities of the “mindless and cruel” cabal that is holding the industry hostage. NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said it was clear the objective of the cabal in the current fuel supply crisis was to arm-twist the Federal Government to part with billions of unearned dollars, as…

NASU, NLA condemn plan to relocate Imo Library

-It needs Upgrading not Relocation, Governor Okorocha told The plan by the Imo State Government to relocate the State Public Library, Owerri has been attracting condemnations from Imo people and organizations. The latest criticisms came from the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Imo State Branch and the Nigerian Library Association (NLA), Imo State Chapter. Addressing the staff of the library penultimate Friday, the State Chairman of NASU, Nze Obinna Okafor regretted that the State Government was thinking of relocating the library to a residential building in an obscure part of Owerri when other states were busy…

Dr Reginald Anyadike – Government has done well but…

He wears two complementary hats – one as Assistant SecretaryGeneral, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and the other as Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in charge of ImoState. Bold and articulate, Anyadike describes himself as the “foremost labour leader in ImoState” and, like most labour leaders likes to hear his own voice. But the Agbala-born trade unionist doesn’t make noise for nothing. He heads the largest trade union and speaks for thousands of workers, teachers especially. He finds himself in hot water sometimes but most times he is the one who turns on the heat on employers when labour is…