The leadership of Delta State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has faulted the ongoing strike called by state chairman of National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Mr David Ofoyeno, over unpaid salaries, saying that the strike has a political motive.
NLC, in a statement by its chairman, Mr. Williams Akporeha, yesterday, said congress condemned in unequivocal terms the NULGE strike as it was not only meant to score cheap political point but was also ill-advised and untimely to instigate industrial unrest in the state which is capable of scuttling the transition programme to usher in the incoming administration.
He said: “In as much as congress leadership does not want to join issues with Ofoyeno over his newest interest, it is very necessary to set the record straight for the benefit of the general public and the concerned local government employees in particular. Congress wishes to state that while it was not in support of persistent non- payment of workers’ salaries for up to four months by the relevant government authority, there are, however, stipulated industrial relations processes and procedures for dispute resolution that must be explored before the declaration of industrial action.
“Accordingly, congress under the leadership of Akporeha is presently holding discussions with the relevant government authorities in accordance with the enabling labour relations best practices and procedures.”