The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Ebonyi has decried public understanding that organised labour should always be at logger head with the government.
The state NLC Chairman, Mr Leonard Nkah, told newsmen in Abakaliki on Friday that many people erroneously believed that labour leaders should always be at logger head with the government.
According to public perception, “any labour leader who commends a performing government has comprised to the detriment of workers.
“These categories of persons feel that a labour leader should not commend any government that equitably discharges its duties to the people.
“They believe that a labour leader should always be in struggle with or against the government in demanding for workers’ better living conditions, which, however, does not end.
“This is a very dangerous notion of falsehood and insidious in nature which the people really need to disabuse their minds on.
“I have realised from my long experience as a labour leader that nothing succeeds like peace, and that labour and government should complement rather that contradict each other,” he said.
Nkah said that the works of Gov. David Umahi deserved commendation because he achieved such with the meagre resources available to the state.
“There are, however, a lot of areas to address in the workers’ interest such as arrears of leave allowances, promotion benefits, among others.
“The governor should also handle the issue of disparity in payments and allowances of some workers in some sectors and their counterparts in other sectors of the state workforce.
“These disparities can be found in special-allowance accruals to workers in the health, agriculture, welfare, among other departments.’’
Nkah noted that labour would dialogue with the government on these issues as the governor always had good plans for the betterment of workers.
“The governor has always put smiles on our faces and we believe in his vision and grand plans for the state which make us remain partners in progress.
“I call on the people to cooperate with the state government to achieve its developmental goals and remain committed in the pursuance of peace, social justice and eradication of poverty,” he said.