A team of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), on Thursday, went from one government office to the other to enforce compliance of the recently declared nationwide strike.
The team which was led by leaders of the unions were despatched to various establishments, including; the State Secretariat, judiciary complex, Federal High Court and others, where they locked up the offices, chasing workers out of their offices.
Though the State Chairman of NLC, Mr Jerry Nnubia declined an interview with journalists, a leader of the union in the state who declined to be mentioned said their action was just to comply with the directive from the national body, as workers in the State do not have any issue with the State government.
The Head of Service in the State, Barr Harry Uduh who spoke with journalists said he understands the plight of the Union and the need for them to carry out the enforcement, but said the state government has been very friendly with workers, and have always paid them promptly.
He said the enforcement of the strike has nothing to do with the State government/workers relationship, while urging them to put a human face to their enforcement to ensure that they do not bring the activities of the government to a close.
“As you can see, some workers complied with the strike, but we still have our key staffs in the ministries who can help in the running of things.
“As we speak, workers in Anambra State have been paid their September salaries, and we are not owing anyone, so it would be unfair to shut down the activities of this government, in as much as we know that it is a nationwide strike.”
Meanwhile, the strike witnessed an insignificant level of compliance in other section of the State as teachers were seen in schools, and bank staffs were also attending to customers and others were at their duty post, when our correspondent went round the capital city of Awka to monitor compliance of the strike.
Petrol stations were also open and it was difficult to believe that there was strike in the State.
At the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, all the workers, including doctors, nurses and other health professionals, were attending to the large number of patients seen in various departments of the hospitals.
The Ukwu Oji area of Awka which is mostly dominated by banks and usually very busy was the same as other days, all through the day and vehicular and human traffic did not cease throughout the day as workers remained at work.
Reacting to the situation the State TUC Chairman, Comrade Ifeanyi Okechukwu who concorded the position of the Head of service to the State, that workers in Anambra has no rifts with the State government in terms of welfare, said they were satisfied with the level of compliance noting that the only challenge they had was with the teacher due to the absence of the NUT Chairman assuring that by today the compliance would be total.
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