By Anayo Okoli
UMUAHIA—UNITED Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, has called for the recall of some staff dismissed by the management of the Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Umuahia, urging the Minister of Health to intervene in what it called the “unfair dismissal” of workers.
“We urgently demand that the Chief Medical Officer of FMC and his management team should respect the earlier directive and recall the affected staff back to work as workers are not slaves to be treated with disdain,” the Abia State chairman of ULC, Christopher Ezekiel said.
According to him, ULC emerged as the third labour centre in the country following the unresolved crisis that rocked the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the failure to harmonize the NLC factions led by Ayuba Wabba and Joe Ajaero.
“The ULC Abia State Council is urgently calling ob the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Victor Okezie Ikpeazu to regard the three labour centres in the State as one and treat same with equal recognition as stipulated in the Labour Act of 2004 as Amended especially during workers salaries negotiations and workers day celebration. ULC condemned past roles and representations of some organized labour leaders in the State over bailout/ Paris Funds meant for the payment of workers’ and pensioners in the state. ULC urgently calls for the appointment of Special Adviser on Labour Matters to the State Governor to enable the organized labour has free access of communication with government authorities”, Ezekiel said.