Wednesday, 14 January 2015

NLC insensitive to our plight – Benue workers

Workers in Benue State yesterday described the attitude of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) towards the non-payment of their salaries as, “the highest level of insensitivity”.

Speaking to our correspondent in  Makurdi, the workers blamed their woes on the NLC, which they accused of not doing enough to ensure that the state government lives up to expectations.

A staff of the Ministry of Education said the leadership of the union betrayed their cause as it was earlier agreed that the workers would be observing a partial strike until the government offset the unpaid salaries.
“But, as you can see, we still come to work everyday with empty stomachs. The idea as agreed between workers and NLC executives was for us to come to work between 8am and 12noon daily. The union is not sincere because the leaders are romancing with government,” he said.

In the same vein, another worker in the Ministry of Agriculture expressed sadness over the plight of civil servants in the state, adding that the NLC leaders in the state have  disappointed them.
When contacted, the state NLC chairman, Comrade Simon Anchaver, said the union was doing everything possible for a favourable bargain between it and government.

“As we speak now, I’m in a meeting with the Head of Service, Secretary to the State Government alongside other labour leaders and relevant government officials to find a solution to the problems facing workers in the state,” he said.

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