TUC tackles states over nonremittance of dues to unions
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has accused states of not remitting their unions’ check-off dues deducted from workers’ salaries monthly.
National President, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, stated this during the union’s sixth triennial delegates conference of the Abia State chapter.
Represented by Secretary General, TUC, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, Olaleye, said that in view of the overwhelming challenges bordering on good governance at national and state levels, issues of welfare as they affect states, should be taken up by their unions to resolve the various problems associated with emoluments.
He directed that where such internal dialogue fails to yield the desired results, the state should draw the attention of the national secretariat.
Chairman, Abia State TUC, Nwaganga Onwuma, whose tenure expired at the congress, in his address before he handed over to his successor, Ihechi Enogwe, accused the state government of violating the Trade Union Amendment Act.
He said that the Act mandated that employers shall deduct workers’ monthly subscription and pay the same to their registered unions.
He demanded that the state government release the workers’ past six months deducted check-off dues to their unions.
Onwuma, also faulted governments in the country and their agencies for not implementing duly approved budget provisions, saying that this had portrayed Nigeria as a nation, where budgets are ritualistic because they never impact on the citizenry.
The new state TUC chairman, Enogwe who is an employee of the state’s Federal Ministry of Works, in his acceptance speech, promised to take the congress to greater heights.
Other officers that served under Onwuma were returned unopposed.