By Rotimi Ojomoyela
ADO-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.
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.