16th July 2024
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Anambra : NLC Dismiss Government Statement,Stressing Its Stand To Address The Grievances Of Its Workers.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reaffirmed its commitment to constructive engagement and dialogue with the Anambra State Government to address the grievances of its workers.

The Congress in a statement signed by its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said: “We vehemently reject the blatant dissemination of falsehoods and overt attempts at blackmail, clearly orchestrated by the state government to divert public attention from the genuine grievances of Anambra workers against the government.

“It is imperative that we address the real issues raised by the NLC and TUC in their letter of ultimatum to the state government, which we were duly copied on at the national headquarters.

“We reaffirm our commitment to constructive engagement and dialogue with the government to address the grievances of workers in Anambra State.

“ It is important to emphasise that the NLC’s primary objective is to ensure the welfare and rights of workers are upheld.

“We have received several complaints against the government of the state by its past and present leaders and have always deferred to the wishes of the leaders in the state as to the direction they may need our assistance.

“In this case, it should be noted that from our records that they had written your government letters of complaint on the issues they have canvassed as grievances and reached some understandings which the government has refused to implement.

“It was the refusal of the government that propelled the workers to issue an ultimatum to compel compliance with the laws of our nation.

“To this ultimatum, we have given our maximum support from the national leadership and have thus communicated to all of our affiliates to do the same in keeping with our traditions.”

The NLC maintains that constructive engagement and adherence to factual information are vital in resolving labour disputes.

Ajaero said: “Contrary to the assertions made by the state government, Comrade Ajaero’s remarks were not intended to disparage the efforts of Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo or his administration. Rather, they were aimed at highlighting specific concerns regarding the implementation of labour-related policies and the resolution of vexatious issues affecting workers in the state.

 “This is unlike the unwholesome outburst from the government, making wild accusations using the clearly well worn-out and obsolete cliches of a phantom 2027 political ambition as a cover.

“We think the government ought to show more respect and dignity to its workers and people by not allowing itself to be dragged into such desperate mudslinging in an attempt to divert public’s attention.

“As a Professor, we strongly believe that such gutter snipe ought not to have been allowed to proceed out of his administration.

“It is also imperative to address the discrepancies between the state government’s claims and the realities faced by workers on the ground. While the government highlights various initiatives and achievements, it is essential to recognise that there are still unresolved issues, including the payment of the 2019 National Minimum Wage, contributory pension deductions, and the cessation of special allowances including the Ndiolu Microfinance affair.

“That the government acknowledges that there are issues which it claims to be outstanding is rather being economical with the truth.’’

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