By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI-THE Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Ebonyi state chapter yesterday held two divergent views following the ongoing disagreement over the alleged 8 percent
deduction from workers’ salaries by the state government resulting from the new pension Law signed last week.
Addressing journalists in Abakaliki, the Chairman of Junior Workers’ Association, Ebonyi state chapter, Uguru Uchenna said the association has dissociated itself from the NLC leadership which they accused of pursuing personal interest as against the overall interests of the union.
Recall that the Labour leaders in the state including Comrade Ikechukwu Nwafor of NLC, Comrade Michael Nwonu of TUC and Comrade Patrick Ekwe of JPSNC accused the state government of secretly deducting salaries of workers before sending the bill for the contributory pension law to the state House of Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
Uguru while reading a communiqué issued at the end of their emergency meeting noted that Ebonyi workers were properly taken care of under the leadership of Governor David Umahi arguing that the contributory pension law which the state government recently assented to was for the welfare of the workers.
“We are in full support of the agricultural programme of the state government and are happy to participate in the programme taking advantage of soft loan provided by the state governor to embark on rice cultivation and other agricultural programmes.
“We are delighted and grateful to the governor for the increment of 5 percent in workers’ salary and pledge our unalloyed support to the effort of the state governor to strengthen the pensions of workers ofEbonyi state.
“We completely dissociate ourselves from the desperation of some so called Labour leaders in the state parading their own personal agenda, a development that can cause breach of peace in the state”.
He said it was grossly uncharitable to claim that workers of Ebonyi state are enslaved whereas, they are among the few that get their monthly salaries on or before 18th of each month and without arrears.
“That we invite workers to ignore the desperate moves by some misinformed Labour leaders in the