Friday, 13 January 2017

United Labour Congress not NLC’s faction, says Ajaero

The President of United Labour Congress (ULC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, has said the group is not a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

He said Section 40 of the Constitution says one can form or belong to any trade union of one’s choice, religion or political group and that it was in the exercise of this that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) was registered.

Speaking with reporters, Ajaero said the Obasanjo regime in 2002/2003 realised that under a democratic environment, one could not compel people to remain in one room even if they don’t want to be there.

“Incidentally, TUC was registered as the first labour centre with number 001. NLC doesn’t have a registration number today, up till now.

“If somebody is telling you about registration or no registration, they have not done that. If it is all about receiving licence or certificate after the amendment of plural labour centres, they don’t have that. Let nobody deceives himself, TUC is 001 and there is no 002 as at today.

“In as much as I wouldn’t want to go into controversy, the atmosphere has been opened for people to belong to labour centres with some criteria; which is to avoid mush-rooming of labour centres,”  Ajaero said.

He explained that there are three labour unions, adding that the three can still not fully address workers’problems.

“Since the unfortunate thing that happened in NLC in the last two years, I will tell you that nobody from my own group of the NLC attended to their problems, nobody, whether when we were picketing Ikeja or whatever, it is internal here.

“We have sat down, we thought in various ways about it. How do we do this? We resolved to forget about it.

“We discovered that even the people we are equally operating with will not agree on any of those issues we have decided jointly. We discovered that on a daily basis, it is either they are sending Police, or the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or whatever to you to say you did this or that. Or they arranging some people from their own sector to send petition against you. The solution to the crisis is what has happened,” Ajaero added.

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