By Progress Okpalaebulue
Warri —Delta State Council of United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, yesterday, briefed stakeholders in the state of an imminent nationwide strike over pending issues with the Federal Government, even as it stepped up mobilisation for the industrial action.
The planned strike may begin Friday.
Chairman, state council of ULC, Williams Akporeha at the meeting, attended by state chairmen of ULC affiliate industrial unions and leaders of civil society groups, called on leaders of affiliate industrial unions in the state to gear up for the nationwide indefinite strike.
According to him, “the national leadership of congress has directed all industrial unions to remain on alert with a view to proceeding on an indefinite industrial action by workers to protest failure of government to address unfulfilled agreements reached with workers’ union and general work conditions in the country.
“It is part of the resolutions reached at a crucial meeting by national leadership of congress held on August 22 in Lagos that gave two weeks ultimatum to government to start addressing the issues that are already shutting down several industrial sectors in the country.
“The pending industrial action will be total, until the Federal Government addresses the issues convincingly. You are therefore, mandated to mobilise your members to ensure a complete showdown until the government is ready to save the Nigerian worker and the masses.”
He named some of the lingering demands from the Federal Government by congress to include: “Full salary payment to DSC workers by AMCON, the implementation of the 2009 agreement with ASUU and its conditions, the rehabilitation of roads leading to petroleum refineries and depots across the country, withdrawal of the proposed bill against perceived hate speeches by the National Assembly and the immediate release of certificate of registration to ULC.
“Others are immediate inauguration of the national minimum wage committee, government’s inclusion of representatives of existing labour centres in all government’s labour related committees, failure of government to address the issue of casual staff and other prevalent anti labour practices in oil and gas, power as well as the banking industries.
We want to use this opportunity to appeal to members of the public to support and embrace the action of congress as a national concern to enable government to honour agreements and perform its statutory obligations to the Nigerian worker and the masses.”