ByÂ Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Enugu State Council has expressed concern over what it described as the deteriorating industrial peace in the state occasioned by the state governmentâ€™s alleged insensitivity to the plight of the workers.
In aÂ letter to the Secretary to Enugu State Government dated 15 January 2010,Â by the State Secretary of NLC, Mr N. A. Ibeh , the union noted that the government had made no conscious effort to arrest the ugly situation, which would soon degenerate into a full blown industrial crisis.
Citing the lingering industrial dispute between judiciary workers and the state government as one of the issues that has engendered frosty relationship with workers, the union said that the courts in the state had been under lock and key since November last year, owing to the industrial action embarked upon by the workers.
According to the union, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, had ordered its members nationwide to embark on the action to press for their improved conditions of service, but while the Federal Government and many states have since resolved the matter amicably through dialogue, â€œEnugu State government has stood aloof and shunned the union and even went further to stop the salaries of the striking workers.â€
â€œThe action of the state government is unacceptable, condemnable and runs counter to industrial relations practice,â€ the union said, adding that the action amounted to arm-twisting the workers by using economic strangulation to break their rank and file.