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NLC Vows to resists attempt to foist new leadership in NURTW


By Cross Udo, Abuja

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has alleged that the Federal Government never negotiated in good faith and was not genuinely committed to honouring the terms of the October 2, 2023 Agreement it entered into with the Organised Labour.

This is as the labour centre has raised a fresh alarm over an alleged attempt by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, to foist new leadership in the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in violation of ILO Conventions 87 and 98.

The NLC vows that it will continue with its allegiance to upholding the Rule of Law and democratic principles, even if the Minister chooses to disregard them, adding that it will continue to stand by the democratically elected NURTW leadership, working with them as the legitimate representatives of workers in their sector, to thwart those seeking to contaminate the trade union sphere with political machinations.

The NLC in a statement issued yesterday by its General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugbaja, said every avenue will be explored to shield the trade union movement from this emerging irresponsibility.

The statement was titled, “Minister Lalong’s reckless move to undermine the critical labour-federal government agreement of October 2, 2023.

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The statement read in part, “In a shocking turn of events, the Federal Minister of Labour, Mr. Lalong, has thrown a spanner in the wheel of the implementation of the Labour – Federal Government Agreement by his unmasked partiality in handling a critical item in the agreement which is the apparent Government meddling in Trade Union matters by siding with people, who had illegally seized the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) headquarters with police support.

“This group is now being encouraged to conduct its own Delegates’ Conference, both zonally and nationally to confer legitimacy to their action. This flagrant act not only constitutes an egregious intrusion into the internal affairs of a Union, in violation of ILO Conventions 87 and 98 but also represents a clear attempt to sabotage the recently ratified agreement between the Labour movement and the Federal Government.

“It is unfathomable that a Federal Minister of Labour, tasked with safeguarding the rights and interests of diverse stakeholders in our industrial relations landscape, would opt to take actions that could undermine the very foundations of our collective engagement.

“The Minister’s decision which is morally reprehensible and legally untenable, marks a disheartening departure from the expected standards of conduct within the nation’s industrial relations sphere.”



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