NLC urges workers to fully participate in elections

Nigeria Labour Congress has urged workers to perform their civic duty by turning out enmass to vote and defend their votes in the forthcoming general election

The newly elected executives of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, stated this during its maiden Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Abuja.

In a nine point communiqué after hours of deliberations, the CWC also revealed plans to constitute a Committee of Experts to formulate a cogent and coherent response to the emerging issues in the economy as well as advance an alternative development agenda that will address the concerns of workers.

On workers welfare, the CWC constituted a Task Force on unpaid workers' salaries across the zones .The mandate of the Task Force is to ensure that governors pay workers up to date before vacating office come May 2.

The Communiqué signed by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba and General Secretary Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson said it will Picket the office of the Post Master General for unlawful and illegal diversion of the check-off dues of members of the Nigeria Union of Postal and Telecommunications Employees NUPTE to another union without the consent of NUPTE.

The action according to the CWC is a violation of the Trade Union Laws and the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which guarantees freedom of association.

Commendations
Other outcome of the CWC meeting include the Commendation of the Credentials Committee in the just concluded NLC elections for conducting what it called transparent, credible and unimpeachable elections during the 11th National Delegates Conference of NLC.

While congratulating the new leadership of the Congress, the CWC urged them not to succumb to distractions or irritations but extend a hand of fellowship to the aggrieved parties at the 11th Delegates Conference.

Committees
It constituted a Committee on the NLC-Kriston-Lally Housing Project with a view to fast-tracking the process of refunds to subscribers and formally inaugurated the Reconciliation Committee (Chaired by Aliyu Dangiwa, the first General Secretary of NLC) charged with reconciling and returning to the fold the aggrieved parties in the 11th Delegates Conference.

An eleven-member May-Day Committee was also set up with the responsibility of preparing, facilitating and executing the May Day celebration.

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