Wednesday, 19 May 2021: The Trade Union Congress, (TUC), on Tuesday restated its support for the Nigeria Labour Congress over the ongoing strike in Kaduna State stating unequivocal that TUC is “in solidarity with the NLC on the strike in Kaduna and we look forward to its early amicable resolution.”
TUC in a communiqué after an emergency virtual meeting held on Tuesday and made available to CEOAFRICA, TUC President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye assured Nigerian workers and the general public that labour unity has not been compromised and would not be compromised.
The communiqué added that “the Trade union Congress of Nigeria is aware and is monitoring the ongoing strike in Kaduna state.”
Here is the full text of the communiqué:
COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE TRADE UNION CONGRESS OF NIGERIA (TUC) AFTER THE EMERGENCY NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC )MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, 18 MAY, 2021.
The National Executive council of Trade union Congress of Nigeria held an emergency virtual meeting on Tuesday, 18th May 2021 on the ongoing Workers strike in Kaduna state. At the end of the NEC meeting which was presided by the TUC President, Comrade Quadri A. Olaleye, FCIA, MNIM, it was resolved as follows:
-That the Trade union Congress of Nigeria is aware and monitoring the ongoing strike in Kaduna state.
-That the visit to the Head of Service (HoS) in Kaduna was not designed by any means to undermine the strike action nor was it meant as a solidarity visit to the State government and should not be taken as such.
-That it was principally undertaken as a FACT finding Mission and to further engage the state government on the way out through social dialogue that will benefit the workers and people of Kaduna state.
-That the NLC and TUC are united in arms against exploitation, oppression, victimization and all acts that enslave the Nigerian Worker, workers are not slaves.
The Congress would like to assure the workers and general public that labour unity has not been compromised. We are in solidarity with the NLC on the strike in Kaduna and we look forward to its early amicable resolution.
Comrade Quadri A. Olaleye, FCIA, MNIM