Sunday, January 01, 2017

NLC Crisis: Solution is Formation of New Labor Center— Ajaero 
JANUARY 2, 20174:40
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

ABUJA — President of the newly launched United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, and General Secretary of National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, Mr Joe Ajaero, has said the solution to the leadership crisis in the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, was the formation of labour centre.

Ajaero Ajaero also said the ULC was not in any way a faction of the NLC and that the new labour centre has more than the required number of affiliate trade unions to get registration as a formidable labour centre in the country.

Speaking in an interview in Abuja, on the reasons behind the launch of a third labour centre in Nigeria, instead of the leaders to come together and form a greater front for the interest of workers, Ajaero said the only solution to the crisis that rocked the NLC after its disputed delegate conference was the formation of a new labour centre, different from the NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC.

“I think we should stop being fixated. The solution to the crisis is what has happened. We have sat down, thought in various ways about it. How do we do this? We resolved to forge ahead. We discovered that even the people we are equally operating with will not agree on any of those issues we have decided jointly.”

He explained that there were four labour centres in Nigeria before 1978, but for Olusengun Obasanjo military government, which came to force everybody to belong to only one centre, adding: “It is not the culture of Nigeria labour movement to have a single labour centre but for the military.”

He said that the ULC, which he alongside the President of National Union of Petroleum Employers Workers, Mr Igwe Achese, were leading was not a faction of NLC, but a mega arrangement among many trade unions that cut across the NLC, TUC, and other unaffiliated trade unions to form a labour centre Ajaero enthused that the new movement has a reasonable number of affiliates that had already pulled out of the NAC and the TUC, as well as many other trade unions who were not affiliated to any before.

He said more than 12 unions pulled out of the NLC alone to join the new movement, while substantial unions also left the TUC to join ULC, in addition with some unions who were not affiliated to either NLC or TUC before. Ajaero told the NLC and the TUC not to the new labour centre because the ULC was not an affiliate of NLC or TUC, rather it has many other unions that were unaffiliated to them in the new movement.

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