[By BONIFACE OKORO, Umuahia]
The new chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abia State chapter, Eze Idima, has charged labour leaders not keen in fighting for the welfare of workers to quit their positions.
In an interaction with journalists at the Aba Road NLC Secretariat, Umuahia, Idima explained that the his emergence as grade of NLC in Abia followed the report of the panel that considered his petition against the 2018 Delegates Conference, which produced Uchenna Obigwe.
At the end of meetings with the State Administrative Council (SAC) and the State Executive Council (SEC), Idima assured workers that he would prioritize their welfare and would not compromise.
He said that he would not have assumed the office, if he was not going to work in the interest of workers.
According to him, “it will be a waste of time to be here for the purposes of compromising with government or anyone.
“The sole aim of being a Congress Chairman or even a Congress leader is to work for the interest of members.
“This means that by the grace of God, most of the workers’ demands will be met. I have the assurance of the members of SAC and SEC that we will work together to get what our people are looking forward to.”
The former State President of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), noted further that the meetings he held with both the SAC and SEC, have afforded both sides the opportunity to understand the state of affairs of Abia NLC.
“The meeting was for Congress to receive me and for us to chart the course and in making sure that the welfare of workers will be attended by both government and the private sector.
He disclosed that another meeting will be held soon where all industrial unions “will inform us of the problems of their unions and we are going to look at what we have done to make sure that their disputes are solved.
“After that meeting, we are going to communicate government and other employers of labour in Abia that a new leadership has emerged and that our welfare should be priority.”