The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has called on the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to fight the injustice of Ogun government on its workers.
NULGE President Ibrahim Khaleel made the call on Wednesday in a phone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said that NULGE members in all the states of the federation would be ready to back any action taken by the two trade unions in supporting workers in Ogun.
“We are fully ready to support and fight the injustice of the state on our members, not only at the state level but also at the national.”
He said that following the expiration of a 21-day ultimatum, workers in the state under the state chapters of NLC and TUC, and Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, had resumed the suspended strike.
According to Khaleel, workers’ demands included payment of outstanding 12 months check-off dues, outright stoppage of contributory pension deductions, and immediate payment of 12 months of deductions.
The president assured workers in Ogun that NULGE leadership would support them in their strike.
“Information revealed that thugs allegedly used by government officials attacked the labour leaders and some union members who gathered to prosecute the commencement of the strike,” he said.
Khaleel, who is also the National Treasurer of the NLC, said both the NLC and the TUC had taken same steps against the governments of some states, including Imo, Nasarawa, and also mediated in a similar situation in Osun and Oyo states.
“We are here for our people and we are going to do all within our power to see that our members are okay,” he said.