UPDATE: NLC and TUC Issue Strike Ultimatum to Anambra Govt

UPDATE: NLC and TUC Issue Strike Ultimatum to Anambra Govt

by Victor Ndubuisi
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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have handed Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State a seven-day ultimatum to address a number of concerns, including the full implementation of the 2019 minimum wage. This ultimatum puts Governor Soludo in danger.

The chairs and secretary of the state’s two labour centres signed a letter dated May 15, 2024, which included the ultimatum. The letter, which dates back to March 5, 2024, emphasised the futility of earlier attempts to resolve the concerns.

Concerns about the Ndiolu Microfinance Bank, the establishment of commissions for the civil and judicial services, salary awards, the implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme, and the designation of a Commissioner for Labour matters or the creation of a Ministry of Labour and Productivity.

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The union leaders claimed in the letter that they were unhappy with the way the contributory pension plan was being handled and called it a “scam” because workers’ paychecks are withheld without receiving matching payments from the government. They sought a prompt halt to these withdrawals as well as a reimbursement of the monies withheld.

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In addition, the letter expressed worries about purported fraudulent activity at the Ndiolu Microfinance Bank and demanded that its board be dissolved and that its operations be looked into.

The labour leaders also accused the government of ignoring its duty to enable promotions and grant workers’ entitlements, citing the non-constitutionality of the civil service and judiciary service commissions.

The government’s indifference to the well-being of its workforce and its ability to run an effective office was demonstrated by the delay in the appointment of permanent secretaries. It was also criticised that a pay award be removed, especially considering the current state of the economy.

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Furthermore, it was mentioned that the lack of a Commissioner for Labour Affairs or a specialised ministry was impeding the development of labour unions in the state.

The labour leaders threatened to call for strike action if their demands were not satisfied and requested prompt action to address these issues within seven days. They underlined how crucial it is to settle these disputes in order to maintain harmony and peace in Anambra State.

 

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