Labour leaders have been called upon to speak with one voice and shun selfish interest in order for government to hearken to the legitimate demands of Nigerian workers.
The Delta State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Comrade Jonathan Jemirieyigbe made the call when the state leadership of the Union played host to the executive of the Delta State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ led by its Chairman Comrade Michael Ikeogwu at the labour house Asaba.
Comrade Jemirieyigbe said NLC was vibrant in times past because it’s leaders were able to differentiate between unionism and politics and sued for a paradigm shift among Union leaders across board.
He congratulated the new Executive of the Delta State Council of the NUJ on their victory at the keenly contested election and challenged them to see it as a call to defend the interest of members as well as ensure that the image of the pen profession was portrayed in good light.
The NLC Chairman appealed to the Delta State government to prevail on the contractor handling the new NUJ Secretariat to expedite action to enable it have a permanent place to operate.
He affirmed that the Union will continue to partner government to ensure that the collective interest of workers was protected.
The State Chairman of the NUJ Comrade Michael Ikeogwu said the solidarity visit was to introduce the new Executive to the NLC and also to appreciate it for the role it played during the election adjudged to be credible and transparent in all standard.
Comrade Ikeogwu appealed to the Union to intervene in the prompt payment of salaries owed local government workers in the state emphasizing that any worker denied monthly take home could be lured into corruption.
He reminded the leadership of the NLC at both federal and state levels of the need to wake up and fight for the rights of Nigerian workers whose genuine benefits have been swept under the carpet.
He pledged to ensure that NUJ was repositioned for excellence and objectivity.
Reported by Ejime Udueme