A crisis of confidence has hit the Ekiti State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress as the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees on Monday suspended its affiliation indefinitely.
Rising from an emergency State Executive Council meeting in Ado Ekiti, the NULGE directed its members in Efon Alaye Local Government to continue with the strike until the harassment and assaults on workers by political thugs stopped.
The union said, henceforth, it would not be part of all the programmes and activities of the NLC.
The union in a communique signed by its state Chairman, Mr. Bunmi Ajimoko, and Secretary, Mr. Muyiwa Cole, said it was forced to take the hard decision after reviewing “the process leading to the abrupt and controversial suspension of the popular workers’ action.”
The NLC had on Friday suspended the 30-day-old strike after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government.
A member of NULGE told our correspondent that the labour leaders that signed the agreement departed from the generally agreed conditions by the labour unions in the state.
The union expressed shock, dissatisfaction and utter disappointment about the way the strike ended which it said contradicted the resolution of the affiliate unions in the NLC, including NULGE.
NULGE insisted on the payment of two months’ salaries and 2014 leave bonus in order to pacify its members.
“NULGE observed that government has jettisoned the implementation of the agreement it signed on the deployed local government workers of primary and secondary schools.
“Government is hereby advised to abide with the implementation of the agreement it willingly entered into in order to sustain industrial harmony.
“NULGE rejects in its entirety the apology of the NLC chairman, Mr. Ade Adesanmi, sent through the NULGE state chairman as belated as his roles and actions concerning the strike are premeditated.
“NULGE hereby suspends indefinitely its affiliation to the NLC in Ekiti State and dissociates itself from all its programmes and activities.”
Meanwhile, only few workers resumed work on Monday despite the suspension of the strike by the NLC.
Public Primary school pupils were seen returning to their various homes barely one and half hours after getting to their schools as the teachers failed to resume
But the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Samuel Akosile, in an interview with our correspondent, said the union would comply with the decision to suspend the strike.
“Since the NLC has suspended the strike, all teachers must comply with it because it was not the NUT that called for the strike in the first place,” he said.