There is no agreement with the Federal Government to call off the planned indefinite strike for Oct. 3, Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) spokesperson, Benson Upah has revealed on Thursday.
Upah disclosed this in a statement in Abuja to debunk a statement by Ministry of Labour and Employment spokesperson, Mr Olajide Oshundun.
On Tuesday, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) jointly declared an indefinite strike beginning from Tuesday to press home their demands.
Upah said there were some inconsistencies in the statement which include the proposed strike and the illegal occupation of the secretariat of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
“Accordingly, we find it necessary to make clarifications. Firstly, we do not have any agreement with the government to suspend the planned strike action.
“Neither do we have any date for a meeting with the government that may lead to the suspension of the proposed strike.
“While we do not intend to demean or minimise the office of the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, this matter is beyond the Ministry.
“This should have been obvious to them during our most recent meeting,” he added.
He, therefore, commended the role played by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Simon Lalong in securing the release of the executives of the NURTW from illegal police detention.
Upah said ”We take exception to the ministry describing these executives as factional leaders.
“They were lawfully elected into office. We still find it necessary to advise the police and those elements behind their travails to desist from this despicable and shameful conduct.
“They are advised to retrace their steps. If democracy is to be of meaning to us, then we should resist the urge or temptation for impunity. Enough is enough.”