NLC may declare a 3-day strike and shut down the Economy.

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NLC may declare a 3-day strike and shut down the Economy.

 

There are signs that the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, may shut down the economy for three days in solidarity with four university-based unions that are on strike.

 

NewsReport gathered that this statement came after the NLC met with the four university unions at the Labour House in Abuja yesterday to discuss the federal government’s refusal to address the unions’ concerns.

 

The purpose of the conference, according to the NLC’s leadership, was to determine the level of involvement between the unions and the federal government.

 

Comrade Emma Ugbaja, the NLC’s General Secretary, told Vanguard on Monday that the meeting was aimed at finding a means to end the standoff between aggrieved unions and the government in the best interests of all stakeholders.The NLC may declare a three-day state of emergency.

 

There are signs that the Nigeria Labour Congress, or NLC, may shut down the economy for three days in solidarity with four university-based unions that are on strike.

 

The statement came after the NLC met with the four university unions at the Labour House in Abuja yesterday to discuss the federal government’s refusal to address the unions’ concerns.

 

The purpose of the conference, according to the NLC’s leadership, was to determine the level of involvement between the unions and the federal government.

 

Comrade Emma Ugbaja, the NLC’s General Secretary, told Vanguard on Monday that the meeting was aimed at finding a means to end the standoff between aggrieved unions and the government in the best interests of all stakeholders.The NLC may declare a three-day state of emergency.

 

There are signs that the Nigeria Labour Congress, or NLC, may shut down the economy for three days in solidarity with four university-based unions that are on strike.

 

The statement came after the NLC met with the four university unions at the Labour House in Abuja yesterday to discuss the federal government’s refusal to address the unions’ concerns.

 

The purpose of the conference, according to the NLC’s leadership, was to determine the level of involvement between the unions and the federal government.

 

Comrade Emma Ugbaja, the NLC’s General Secretary, told Vanguard on Monday that the meeting was aimed at finding a means to end the standoff between aggrieved unions and the government in the best interests of all stakeholders.

Comrade Ugbaja said that it was proper to hear from the unions first before taking any position, adding that the interest of labour was to ensure that the matter was sorted out.

 

Recall that public universities in the country have been closed down as a result of the strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied Educational Institutions, NAAT, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT.

 

The four unions affiliated with the NLC shut down universities over unresolved issues including difficulties with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS resulting to shortfalls in their salaries, non-payment of the minimum wage arrears, revatizatipn funds, payment of academic allowances and nonreview of the 2009 Agreement with the government.

 

After ASUU commenced strike in February, .SSANU and NASU through its Joint Action Committee, JAC, in March, also embarked on a two-week warning strike following the alleged government failure to address the concerns they raised which includes the nonpayment of minimum wage arrears after many promises made to them by the government.

 

NAAT also declared its warning strike in early March to press home its demands.

 

Sources at the meeting told Vanguard that it was resolved that the NLC would call a Central Working Committee, CWC, meeting to take a position in solidarity with the university based unions.

 

One of the sources said, “The NLC said it will take the matter to the CWC. One of the suggestions to make government take action was a three day strike which will lead to shutting down the economy in solidarity with the unions.”

 

Asked when the CWC meeting will be held, the source said no date has been fixed.

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