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Why we suspend the strike – TUC

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Why we suspend the strike - TUC

The Lagos State Council, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has urged people not to despair or lose faith in the labour movement over the suspension of the much publicised nationwide industrial action.

The state Chairman, Mr. Gbenga Ekundayo, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.

He explained that labour only embarks on strike when the demand of its members are not met.

“Quite expectedly, Lagosians would feel disappointed; however, they should not despair or lose faith in our labour.

“When labour leaders go into a negotiation, it is for a purpose, and when that purpose is not served, we press home the demands of our own by withdrawing services of our members.

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“Our national leaders went into further negotiations last night, which lasted till early hours of today. An understanding has been reached and the strike was called off,” he said.

Earlier, at the Labour House in Yaba area of Lagos, some Civil Society Organisations, who did not get information about the suspended strike gathered for the protest.

Speaking, Mr Toyin Raheem, Chairman, Coalition Against Corruption and Bad Governance, expressed bitterness over the suspension of the strike.

Raheem accused the labour leaders of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians as a whole.

“For instance, for me, I had sleepless nights trying to organise some of our members; now, when you talk about mobilisation, it involves resources, energy.

“I was already on my way to the venue when I heard that the strike had been suspended; I was seriously disturbed.

“The labour leaders knew people were being mobilised for the past one week; what I expected labour to have done was to hold the protest for today,” he said.

NLC and TUC suspended the strike scheduled to commence September 28.

This followed an agreement reached by the labour leaders with the Federal Government at a meeting.

(NAN)

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