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Senate Appealed To Ogranise Labour Congress To Shelve Ongoing Strike -Sen. Opeyemi

Written by Pyramid FM Kano


The Senate has appealed to the organised labour congress to Shelve the ongoing strike in the interest of Nigerians.

It also called for an emergency meeting with the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other labour unions to find amicable solutions.

These resolutions followed adoption of a motion “On need for NLC to reconsider its stand on the ongoing strike at plenary.
The motion was sponsored by Senator Opeyemi Bamidela (APC-Ekiti).

In his lead debate he said that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) Academic Staff Union of Universities, Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria among other unions had commenced a nation wide strike on Nov.14.

Senator Opeyemi explained that the Senate was aware that the strike was connected with the alleged assault and alleged brutality of the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress during the electioneering campaign that took place in Imo state.

He said it was worrisome that most of the demands of the Nigerian Labour Congress for the current strike were not targeted towards the welfare of Nigerian workers, but essentially arising from alleged political involvement of President of Nigeria Labour Congress, who is also a citizen of Imo.

According to Senator Bamidele Opeyemi the Senate was also aware of the establishment of the Police Service Commission, a body in charge of the promotion and discipline of Police officers including the Commissioner of Police of Imo state.

He said the Commissioner had affirmed that there was indeed brutality by the Police on the President of Nigerian Labour Congress, while participating in the political campaign process as a citizen of Imo State.

The lawmakers in their contributions condemned the act and said that the intervention of the Senate would be timely, describing the alleged brutality of the President of NLC in Imo state as unfortunate.

The Senate also urged the Federal and State Governments to implement the agreement reached with NLC and TUC, to pay the N35,000 wages.

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