Nigeria Labour Congress Declare 1 Day Strike Action Over Pensioners’ Entitlements

The Nigeria Labour Congress has directed workers in Lagos and Abuja to observe a work free day on April 10 as part of solidarity with the Nigeria Union of Pensioners.

THISDAY learnt that the directive was issued by the NLC through a circular to its affiliates directing that national rallies be held in the state and Abuja simultaneously on the said date in support of the struggles of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP).

Already all affiliate unions and state councils across the country have begun mobilising workers in the affected states and the civil society groups to ensure a successful rallies.

The congress, while calling on members to actively participate in the rallies urged them not to forget that “an active worker today is a pensioner tomorrow” while reminding them of the slogan that “an injury to one is injury to all.”

NLC President, Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar, had earlier explained that the decision to embark on an industrial action was informed by the continued silence of the federal government over the plight of pensioners in the country.

The Central Working Committee (CWC) comprising presidents and general secretaries of affiliate unions of the congress had decried the growing level of corruption in the country and the crisis in the pension industry, stating that all efforts to get the attention of government including two letters to the presidency for intervention over the hardship faced by the nation’s senior citizens were fruitless.

The committee had expressed concern that despite the unprecedented scam in the pension regime and the raging war of words between the executive and the National Assembly, pensioners remain the main victims with a large number of pensioners not being paid their entitlements.


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