The Nigerian Labour Congress leadership, (NLC), has challenged His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, to stop using soldiers against striking workers.
The labour Center in the letter signed by its president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, stated that: “We have also received reports that your officials have been going around offices in company of armed soldiers in an attempt to compel striking workers to resume work rather than encourage productive dialogue that will amicably resolve all the issues that necessitated the strike.”
The labour leader noted that apart from salary issues, that some other issues that have attracted deep concerns cut across endless verification exercise which has raised so much suspicion that the exercise has been so prolonged to justify non-payment of salaries and pensions.
Wabba informed the Governor that the leadership of the congress would be visiting Lokoja to address workers who are currently on strike, and thereafter meet with him as it believes that contentious issues can be resolved through dialogue based on mutual transparency and shared concern for the survival of the workers.
He added that most of the workers are being owed backlog of salaries of between 7 to 21 months.
Ostensibly on the readiness of the congress to engage in dialogue, it noted that: “Industrial relations is not politics and that it would not augur well for government to accept advice driven by political considerations when the system clearly provides adequate opportunities to engage in dialogue”.