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NLC/TUC urges Ngige not to register a new Labour center

NLC/TUC urges Ngige not to register a new Labour center

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.”

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