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NLC crisis deepens as Ajaero’s faction inaugurates own union


Joe Ajaero

Joe Ajaero

Leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) took a new twist yesterday, as the Joe Ajaero-led faction inaugurated its separate union.

He gave the name of the new union as United Labour Congress (ULC).

The union unanimously elected Ajaero as its president while the president of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Igwe Achese, was elected deputy president.

According to the president, no fewer than 25 industrial unions that were formerly affiliated to the NLC were part of the new union.

Ajaero, who was the General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), announced that the ULC had also elected three vice presidents, a treasurer, financial secretary and auditors to run the union’ss affairs.

He said the new union was formed to restore hope to the Nigerian workers and other oppressed members of the society.

The ULC president said one of the leading airlines in the country would be the union’s first target.

He said it would picket the airline from tomorrow over alleged unfair labour practices, which included the non-payment of over seven months salaries to its workers.

Ajaero explained that the ULC was not contesting with any faction of the NLC, but was a labour centre of its own.

“The issue of faction is over. We are doing this because of the exigency of the moment. Workers are left to suffer for months without salaries. Also, many people are being denied their rights at their workplaces.”

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