TUC Announces One-Day Protest in Lagos Over RTEAN Ban
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has announced its intent to stage an economic shutdown in Lagos State on Monday, September 25th, in protest against the state government’s ban on the operation of its affiliate union, the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).
TUC President, Comrade Festus Osifo, disclosed this to reporters in Abuja on Friday, stating that all TUC affiliate unions, such as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN), the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance, and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI), and others, are anticipated to participate in the action.
Osifo emphasised that the TUC has exhausted all avenues for amicable resolution, including written correspondence and meetings with the Lagos State government.
He pointed out that the RTEAN had pursued legal action and secured a judgement from the National Industrial Court, affirming that the state government lacks the authority to proscribe a trade union duly registered by the federal government. Nevertheless, the Lagos State government persists in preventing the union from functioning.
Therefore, he declared that the TUC would employ the full extent of its trade union influence to protest on behalf of its affiliate union.
He also urged the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the federal body responsible for registering and deregistering trade unions, to intervene and restrain the Lagos State government.
Additionally, the TUC issued a warning that if the state government remains unyielding after the protest, its affiliated unions will stage a shutdown of all federal establishments across Lagos.
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