- United Labour Congress of Nigeria said it will participate actively in the forthcoming 2019 general elections
- The group said it will work actively with political parties that will prioritise the welfare of workers
- It reiterated its commitment to the protection of the rights and privileges of Nigerian workers and masses
A pro-worker group, United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC), said it is already putting strategies in place to ensure that workers and indeed, Nigerian masses get due benefits in post-2019 general elections.
Vanguard reports that at the group’s Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting in Lagos, it announced that it would not be apolitical, but be involved in the build up to and in next year’s general elections.
In a communique at the end of the meeting, leaders of the ULC said that the lack of premium which Nigerian politicians and leaders place on the life of an average Nigerian has become frightening to Nigerian workers and masses.
The leaders said: “Our democracy remains very fragile and may not withstand the pressures being put on it by politicians in and out of government. Actions that threaten democracy have become preponderant and we are afraid that the nation may be thrown back to the years of despotism and dictatorship. It is, therefore, the duty of responsible and patriotic men and women including organisations such as ours, to rise up and take actions to stop this apparent slide into anarchy.
“Our nation is founded on basic freedoms and these must not be trampled upon so, we insist that it is our duty to resist every action that may deny Nigerian workers and citizenry those hard won democratic rights for which many of us were thrown into jail by the former military juntas.
“United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC) has decided to be fully involved in the nation’s politics as we move towards 2019. We shall actively work with those parties, individuals or groups who seek the welfare of Nigerian workers and masses. To this end, a committee has been set up across the 36 states and Abuja to commence immediate discussions with such partners that have already indicated interest and those that may show interest later to make this desire a reality.
“We shall work and support only those who fully support the full freedom and rights of all Nigerian workers to enjoy totally their democratic rights within the workplace. Only those who will give free rein to the operation of Section 40 of our Constitution and conventions 87 and 98 of the ILO shall receive our support as the general elections approach.”
The group lamented that members “are surprised that a government that we supported based on its promise of change has indeed become one that consolidates and deepens the status quo in all its ramifications especially in those areas that negatively affect poor Nigerian workers.”
The ULC demanded among others: “The review of the nation’s Industrial Relations and other Labour Laws not in the best interest of Nigerians, should be revived forthwith by the National Assembly which seems to have been consumed by electioneering. All stakeholders in the process should be rightfully notified in the process of crafting a better and progressive body of Laws to govern workplace relations in Nigeria.”
It reiterated its “avowal to commit continually to the protection of the rights and privileges of Nigerian workers and masses.”
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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, August 1, visited his presidential campaign office in Abuja as part of preparation for the official kick-off of his 2019 second-term bid.
This was revealed by the personal assistant to President Buhari on new media, Bashir Ahmad, in series of tweets, adding that the visit was part of the preparation to officially kick off the president's campaign ahead of 2019 general election.
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