Plateau NLC upbeat over strike compliance

The Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Plateau State chapter, Jibrin Bancir yesterday expressed satisfaction on the level of compliance of the ongoing strike, saying, although he was not in Jos metropolis, reports reaching him indicate a measurable level of compliance.

But Secretary of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Ade Akibon, while speaking with The Guardian in Jos, said the federal government has not been serious over the negotiation.

Akibon said that the strike has to continue as the federal government had failed on its part, adding that that was what brought about the ultimatum, which is to coerce the government to go back to the negotiating table.

According to him, the warning strike would continue until they were able to come to the dialogue table. He, however, added that if they are to suspend the warning strike, it depends on the meeting of the three tripartite committees, because the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Charter says that if one of the two parties in dispute agrees to come for dialogue, the union should suspend the strike.

Yesterday, all the banks visited by The Guardian remained closed to customers. IBTC Bank, Union bank, UBA, Zenith Bank, GTBank, Access Bank, Unity Bank, Diamond Bank all on the busy Ahmadu Bello Way in Jos remained closed.But the ATMs of these banks were very busy as long queues were witnessed while some customers who did not have ATMs were outside the gates of the banks trying to seek favour from the bank security operatives.

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