The crisis rocking the Labour movement in Nigeria have assumed a different dimension, as the duo of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) ask the Federal Government not to give recognition to the new United Labour Congress.
In a letter tittled: Need to Avert Anarchy in the Industrial Relations System in the Country: Mushroom/Shell Trade Unions, and addressed to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, dated 19th January,2017 and signed by Comrades Ayuba Wabba of NLC and Bobboi Kaigama of TUC, NLC and TUC specifically wrote to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, urging him not to grant the request by United Labour Congress of Nigeria seeking registration as the third labour centre in Nigeria.
But in a swift reaction, ULC led by Ajaero, said NLC, TUC or the Ministry of Labour who is saddle with the responsibility of registering trade unions and centers cannot denied them the right to resister a new Labour center, saying it is a right provided by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The letter in part read, “We also trust that your officers will do the right thing by denying registration of the phantom unions that our erstwhile colleagues are promoting”.
The duo of Wabba and Kaigama said having failed in their bid to lead the NLC following the successful conduct of the rescheduled election at the 10th delegates conference of the congress in March, 2015, the promoters of United Labour Congress of Nigeria have been making concerted efforts to distabilise the industrial relations scene in the country.
According to the letter, “This started with the effort to fractionalise the NLC which failed after almost two years of trying. In their desperation they have now purported to float a new trade union centre with the name United Labour Congress of Nigeria. In the last couple of months, they have collected forms for the registration of dozens of shell trade unions without membership.
“The project is being coordinated by a former trade unionist whose chamber is coordinating the efforts to register these mushroom unions. The former unionists, now a politician, had in the past failed in her bid to be appointed general secretary of the NLC.
“Along with the United Labour Congress of Nigeria, the list of shell unions being proposed to be registered by this group include the following: Nigeria Automobile Technician Union; Motor Mechanis and Technician Union of Nigeria; Association of Professional and Corporate Drivers of Nigeria; Association of Federal Universities Pensioners; Association of Hospitals and Administration Phamacists of Nigeria; Road Transport and Allied Senior Staff Association of Nigeria; National Union of Mass Transport Allied Workers; Creative Workers Union of Nigeria; Association of Retired Civil Servants of Nigeria; Judiciary Senior Staff Association of Nigeria; and Senior Staff Association of Medical Health and Allied Workers Union of Nigeria.”