By Abiodun OBA
The organised labour has disclosed that the ongoing nationwide strike declared by the two Trade Union Congress of Nigeria and Nigeria Labour Congress continues.
The Deputy President of TUC, Comrade Tommy Okon who spearheaded the monitoring team of the two labour centres dispatched to monitor and enforce compliance expressed satisfaction on the level of compliance of workers.
“We are very much happy about the level of compliance so far. Despite the fact that many workers got the notice from their unions very late yesterday, I can authoritatively tell you the compliance today was massive and there will be 100% compliance tomorrow.
“In the States, the level of compliance is about 80 percent. Just a few pockets of non-compliance in some but I can assure you that by tomorrow there will be more impact.
“Here in FCT, a lot of government offices got the directive from their unions very late and some this morning, and that hindered the expected compliance. Am sure that by tomorrow people will not be in the offices.
“Note also that a slot of workers who did not get the notice earlier and had gone to work today are regretting wasting their money on transportation and time to go to the offices especially as we ensured no working activity took place.
“By tomorrow there will be total compliance. I am saying this based on the reports from our enforcement teams who we sent out to monitor and enforce compliance,” he said.
A worker at the Federal Secretariat Abuja, who spoke on anonymously said, “A lot of workers complied with the strike directive. Few workers whose offices are in the Federal Secretariat came to work but many workers didn’t show up.
“The compliance may be more serious tomorrow than today. Because many workers in the Secretariat today regret spending their money coming to work. So, the tendency that workers will not come around tomorrow is very high.”
Asked if any directive from the government has asked workers not to comply with the strike, he said; “No, there is no kind of directive or threat from the government to workers not to comply with the strike directive.”
On Tuesday, affiliate unions joined the nationwide strike.
The NLC released union circulars demonstrating its compliance with the rule on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
The National Union of Food Beverage and Tobacco Employees, the Maritime Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MWUN), the National Union of Electricity Employees, the Nigeria Union of Railway Workers, and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) are among the unions that have joined the current walkout.
Others include the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP).