Strike: Enugu Workers Defy NLC Directive


Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

Workers in Enugu State on Wednesday went about their normal duties in defiance of the strike ordered by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to protest the recent increase in the pump price of premium motor spirit (PMS).

ThisDay observed that government and private agencies including banks were all open for business despite the directive from NLC leaders in the state that all agencies should be shut down. It was also gathered that the last minute withdrawal of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from the planned action affected officials of NLC.

“We are agreed on how to ensure that workers complied with the strike action, but suddenly, our counterparts in TUC backed out and this has really affected us,” an official of NLC who spoke on grounds of anonymity noted.

However, labour leaders in the state went round government offices in a last minute effort to mobilise the people to shut down and join the protest.

The TUC in a release endorsed by its Chairman and Secretary in Enugu state, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe and Comrade Benneth Asogwa, respectively directed all workers under its affiliate unions to go on discharging their routine duties.

The Enugu TUC branch, however, urged the national leadership of the congress not to relent in their effort to secure a better bargain for all Nigerians.