Rivers NLC Chairman says there is nothing like nationwide protest

Rivers NLC Chairman says there is nothing like nationwide protest
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Beatrice Itubo, the Rivers state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has quickly refuted allegations that the union will begin a nationwide protest on Wednesday.Rivers NLC Chairman says there is nothing like nationwide protest

Itubo is taking a swipe at the state Head of Service – Dr. Rufus Godwins for convening a meeting just to issue threats to the civil servants in the state.

Nobody has called for any national strike. What happened was that we went for a National Executive Committee meeting last Thursday. There, the directive was given at the floor of NEC that the labour family wants to join ASUU and the students in solidarity.” She said.

Adding that;

Based on that we should come back home and sensitise our people so that any day the whistle blows, we will all join. So, I don’t know where the Rivers State Government got their news that we are going to begin a nationwide protest.”

The Rivers NLC Chairman further noted that;

There is nothing like that. Check all our websites. But of course everybody in this country is in solidarity with ASUU and also sympathising with the students who have been at home for almost six months now. It is because most of their children are not studying here in Nigeria.”

She clarified that, should the union choose to go on strike, the state government does not have the authority to halt organized labor.

The head of the state NLC referred to the state government’s warning to penalize any civil servant who participates in the solidarity strike as an empty threat.

They are mere threats. The workers know better. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it,” Itubo stated.


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