Tuesday, 21 April 2015

NLC threatens to sanction Benue workers over strike

Following the threat by workers in Benue State not to respect any call for strike by labour leaders, the state  chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Simon Anchaver, has threatened to sanction any worker who  refused to join the strike called by the body.

Anchaver, who told the  Nigerian Tribune, on phone, in Makurdi, the state capital, on Monday, that the national body of the union was aware of the ultimatum given to the state government to pay all outstanding salaries of workers or face strike action.

A group under the aegis ‘Benue aggrieved workers’, had described the ultimatum given by  the NLC as self serving and a bargaining chip to get money from government and therefore, urged workers not  to join

However, Anchaver said the union will move from office to office to enforce the strike if it fails to reach a compromise with government at a meeting to be held later today (Tuesday). He said the union had also met with government last Friday.

“If they like, let them not join, we will go and chase them from their offices.

Just leave them ,they are just talking, just leave them, everybody will join the strike   he said.

He described the allegation that he was using strike as a bargain chip  and wondered if there was any better alternative to take than embarking on strike.

He said the motive behind the impending strike is to make the Gabriel Suswam-led  government pay all the outstanding salaries owed civil servants as it will not be logical for Labour to begin to pester the incoming government about salary arrears when it comes on board.

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