By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—organised labour has written Governor Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa State, informing him that the state’s striking workers will not return to work until all the contentious issues are resolved.
Speaking on the platform of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, labour also told Governor Almakura not to be deceived by any person or group that may be calling workers to resume work, saying only those with the mandate of the workers in the state and recognised by the national leadership can call off the strike.
In a letter by NLC’s General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, and his TUC counterpart, Musa Lawal, labour said: “It is with a high sense of duty and responsibility that we write to convey the position of the two labour centres on the ongoing strike in Nasarawa State.
“It is our position that the issues that led to the strike are resolvable.
“Workers in Nasarawa State have been directed not to heed the purported suspension of the strike action, until such a directive is made pursuant to an amicable resolution of the issues in contention for which the strike was called.
”We are, however, open to genuine dialogue session with a view to resolving the impasse, provided the government eschews any perceived ploy at divide-and-rule or intimidation and harassment of committed leaders of the labour movement.”