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Strike: NLC, TUC ban ex-Ekiti labour leaders for 10 years

By Rotimi Ojomoyela
DO-EKITI—FORMER  Chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayodeji Aluko and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Kolawole Olaiya have been barred from labour unionism for a period of 10 years for allegedly spearheading a protest where they declared an indefinite strike without authorization.

Nigeria Labour Congress President, Ayuba Waba (m) addressing a rally on Good Governance before a delegation took a list of Labour demands to Ag. President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 09/02/2017

The joint session of Ekiti trade unions took the decision, yesterday in Ado Ekiti,  at a congress presided over by the NLC Chairman, Ade Adesanmi and  his   TUC counterpart, Odunayo Adesoye and attended by representatives of all affiliated unions.

The workers also passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the two unions in the state, declaring the dissolution pronouncement made during last Thursday’s rally by the two former labour  leaders as unconstitutional, null and void.

Olaiya and Aluko, had last Thursday  held a protest at the State Secretariat in Ado Ekiti, where they dissolved the State executive of the two trade unions for alleged compromise and inability to declare indefinite strike over non-payment of salary.

Addressing journalists after the Congress, the NLC Chairman, Com.  Adesanmi,  called on the security agencies in the state to call the two ex-labour leaders to order.

Adesanmi said: “The illegal activities of the aforementioned  ex-labour  leaders, acting under the guise of Ekiti Workers Rescue Team, came to a climax on Thursday, August 23 when they gathered thugs and molested workers who were carrying out their legitimate and lawful duties.”

“There is need to ask them whose interest were they  protecting  because they didn’t act when workers were owed over eight-month salaries. They have never engaged the government to pay pensioners but they only woke up after the  July 14  governorship election.

“With their actions of recent, it is clear that they were only clearing coast for political appointments from the incoming government and not fighting the interest of workers.

“Following these, they are declared person-non-grata  in  labour  circle and they are banned from  labour  activities for a period of ten years.”

Olaiya and Aluko could not be reached  for comments on their ban from union matters, as their phones were switched off.




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