By Abimbola Fashakin, Lagos
The crisis rocking the ranks of the organised labour deepened on Monday following the inauguration of a new labour union called United Labour Congress (ULC) by the splinter group of the Nigeria Labor Congress(NLC), led by Joe Ajaero.
Reacting to the development which occured over the weekend, the President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the formation of the new nion is an attempt to put the congress in disarray.
He said the NLC is still the authentic and recognized labour union, representing workers’ interest in Nigeria and that the leadership of the NLC is committed to the unity of the working class in the country notwithstanding the latest declaration by Comrade Ajaero and Achese.
“We shall do everything within our power to preserve the unity and coherence of the labour movement which was handed down to us by our forebears in the movement.
“We had spent considerable time and energy working with the veterans of congress to bring our estranged comrade fully back to the congress because as they say, “if you allow a crack in your wall, you invite the lizard in”. We didn’t want our class opponents to use them as the weak link to undermine the solidarity of our movement.
“Unfortunately, as Nigerians saw during our last national strike against the fuel price increase by the Federal Government, our comrades chose to allow themselves to be used as willing tools to undermine our collective struggle,” Ayuba said in the statement.
Ayuba said despite the antics of Comrade Ajero’s group and their obstinate refusal to accept the result of a clear democratic contest, NLC had ensured their inclusion and participation in the affairs of the congress.