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MAY DAY stories from the states: Lagos, Edo, Adamawa, Bayelsa, etc.

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State told the crowd of workers that no amount of wage increase could really solve the problems of  workers and called on the leadership of workers in the country to seek for alternative ways of making life meaningful for workers.

Responding to the agitation for wage increase by the leaders of state council of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and its Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, Governor Fashola , called on labour leaders in the country to  join hands with government to find solution to low  purchasing power and the high cost of living, saying the low purchasing power and high cost of living would always make whatever wage earned by workers meaningless.

He suggested for a reform of the May Day celebration where there would be a  labour week for labour leaders and government to sit and discuss pressing issues and proffer solution before May 1, asking “after the march past, what happens.”

Governor Fashola called on the leaders of NLC and TUC to go back to the drawing board and re-examine the way May Day is celebrated and said: “We should declare a Labour Week where government and labour leaders would sit and discuss topical issues of the day. Today issues like wage increase, Power and Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB are some of the issues.  These are not issues we can use strike to achieve (indirectly referring to plans by some public sector unions to begin  a national strike on Monday on wage). “

Obi wants workers collaboration in rebuilding Anambra

Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State asked organized labour in Anambra State to come and join him in rebuilding the State for the good of all the citizens.

His words: “Long speeches are reserved for Labour leaders today as it is their day. I have listened to their speeches, commendations, objections, suggestions and requests. I am particularly elated by your disposition to dialogue. I assure you that every issue you have raised will be looked always within the resources of the State. I therefore call for your understanding, support and prayers for a better Anambra State.

Edo state Gov. Adams Oshiomhole (c) with labour leaders at a recent labour convention in Benin.

“I hope this occasion affords Organized Labour an opportunity for reflection and stock-taking. As I said in my inaugural speech, we still have a lot to do in Anambra State. The major area that will boost the economy of our State is the area of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Government is working round the clock and hopes that Labour will be of great assistance in this regard”.

NLC, TUC hold separate rallies in Kwara

By DEMOLA AKINYEMI, Ilorin

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) in Kwara State, yesterday, held separate rallies.

The chairman of NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Ayeoribe  at Ilorin stadium complex lamented what he described as “the undue delay in the implementation of the 13 man wage increase committee report by the state government stressing that it is most unfortunate as it has subjected workers to a lot of hardship”.

“This has generated tension to the extent that some workers are mischievously speculating that myself and especially and my other colleagues have either been settled bribed or bought over by the state government.”he stressed.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC), Kwara State chapter at its own rally at the Amusement Park along unity  charged  the Acting President to take the issue of Power very seriously stressing that if the problem facing Power sector in the country is solved then every other problem will give way.

Workers in Plateau reject govt’s plan to sack 8,000

By TAYE OBATERU, Jos
Workers in Plateau State yesterday joined their counterparts nationwide to mark May Day rejecting plans by the state government to sack about eight thousand workers as well as post local government staff to their areas of origin.

Addressing representatives of about 36 trade unions who thronged the Rwang Pam Township Stadium to commemorate the day, State Chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Badung Dalyop also urged the state government to commence negotiations with the state’s civil servants on the full implementation of the previous 15 per cent salary increase.

He described civil servants as the engine for growth and development hence the need to take adequate care of them to enable them give their best.

Oshiomhole questions disparity in workers wages

By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, questioned the disparity between the wages of federal employed workers and those in the state service just as he disclosed that his administration had earlier implemented agreements the federal government reached with other workers union.

“We will take a critical look at our resources in Edo State . No one can justify the imbalance in salary increase” pointing out that salary increase was unnecessary when the working environment is unhealthy”, he said at the May Day rally in Benin.

He told the workers that jobs are being created in the state civil service as 15 lawyers were just hired just as surveyors, engineers and other cadre were also employed.

Oshiomhole who promised to build a befitting secretariat for the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, told federal workers in the state to pay their PayAs You Earn tax as stipulated by law even as he promised that a reasonable negotiation of PAYE tax would be considered.

Adamawa workers celebrate May Day with protests

By UMAR YUSUF, Yola
Workers in Adamawa State joined their counterparts in the country to celebrate the May Day with protests during the March Past.

Contingents of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners came to Mahmud Ribadu Square, venue of the celebration with placards.

Some of the placards reads, dissolve Local Government Councils; pay us our four months salary arrears; pensioners are dying; we as pensioners should enjoy the fruit of our labour among others.

Addressing workers on the occasion, Adamawa State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC Comrade Daud Buba called on the state government to urgently reverse the allocation of Kofare Housing Estate to politicians instead of workers to avoid friction between labour and state government.

He wanted government to also tackle unemployment by reviving all the ailing companies to reduce social malice in the society.
Angry workers pelt gov group

By SAMUEL OYADONGHA, Yenagoa
Angry workers yesterday at the Remembrance Day Arcade venue of this year workers’ day celebration pelted members of the pro Governor Timipre Sylva group, ‘Credible Sylva Movement’ with sachet water bags and cans for participating in the May Day procession.

The workers also mocked members of the group for daring to file out during the march past by the various unions of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress in an occasion reserved for workers and not political rally.

Undaunted by the hostile reception of the army of workers, members of the pro Sylva campaign outfit, clad in red and black attire, sang praises of the governor for his numerous achievements saying they would continue to drum support for the governor ahead of 2011 and ensure his reelection.

The governor, Chief Timipre Sylva however doused the temper of the workers promising to meet all their demands especially the payment of salaries.

Speaking at the occasion, he said the dividends of democracy could not be achieved without the joint efforts of the workers.


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