OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
Organised Labour under the auspices of the Civil Nigeria Service Union (NCSU) has asked workers across the country not to re-elect governors who are not workers friendly, but to serve them red card during the forth coming general elections for lacking the conscience to do what is right to Nigerian workers.
In a communique at the end of its 70th National Executive Council meeting, the union asked governors owing staff salaries and pensions to have the fear of God at heart and pay the salaries and stop treating workers in their states as worthless citizens.
The communique signed by the National President, Comrade Lawrence Amaechi and acting General Secretary, Yahaya Ndako, the union also passed a vote of no confidence on Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State over what it described as his anti Labour policies in the state.
While lamenting the increase spate of killings in the country, the union asked Federal Government to urgently address the security challenges, while expressing concern over the delay in concluding the ongoing negotiation on the new National minimum wage.The communique reads in parts: “NEC-in-Session resolves that the Union will oppose vehemently any action aimed at delaying this process.
“To this end, therefore the NEC urges the Federal Government to match its words with actions so that the high expectations of workers on the implementation of the new minimum wage would be realised on or before September, 2018. Failure, the entire members of the Union will not take it with levity.
“The NEC-in-session condemns in strongest terms the spate of consistent and unwarranted killings and bloodsheds in Nigeria. The Union observes with pains and regrets that the killings are synonymous with ethnic and religious cleansing. The NEC-in-session describes the killings and kidnappings as major threats to our National Unity, masking other issues that should get National attention.
“Hence it urges the Federal Government of Nigeria to as a matter of urgency; overhaul its security architecture and apparatus so as to enable the security operatives arrest the collapse in the security sector headlong. NCSU will continue to raise her voice vehemently against actions that pose a threat to peaceful coexistence and survival of Nigeria project”.
“The 70th NEC applauds the bold and proactive steps taken by the President of Nigeria Labour Congress to report the Federal Government of Nigeria to ILO, on their obnoxious and draconian Labour bill aimed at distorting our Industrial Relations landscape. NCSU notes that any attempt to pass a bill that negates or violates ILO Convention 98, would be vehemently resisted by organised Labour.
“The NEC-in-session supports review of the Consolidated Public Service Salary Structure (CONPSS) being championed by the National Joint Public Service Negotiating Council through the setting up of Technical Committee to consider critical upward review of the frightening pay disparity between the salary that exists in the core Civil Service (CONPSS) and other salary structures”.
The union rejects the high and intimidating rate of unemployment in Nigeria which it said poses very serious security risk and threat to peace and national Unity of the Country and asked the government to look inwards and divest a policy that will generate massive employment opportunities for able-bodied Nigerian Youths, while infrastructural and industrial development should be at the front burner of the Government so as to nip in the bud, possible revolution that may erupt as a result of massive unemployment in Nigeria today.
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