NLC shuts down CAC amidst resistance from TUC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), yesterday, shut the headquarters of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja, as earlier threatened at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting last week.

The leadership of the congress, led by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, stormed the Maitama headquarters of the commission early yesterday, to protest alleged anti-labour activities of the management.

Meanwhile, this was not without a resistance from members of a sister union, the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies (SSASCGOC) that has arrived the premises of the CAC ahead of NLC protesters.

This led to confrontation between members of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE), an affiliate of the NLC, and SSASCGOC, an affiliate of Trade Union Congress (TUC). SSASCGOC members were led by its General Secretary, Ayo Olorunfemi.

There were accusations and counter-accusations by the leadership of the two unions on issues bordering on jurisdiction and the rights to organise and unionise the members of the commission between NLC and TUC.

Wabba, addressing the workers, accused the organisation of trampling on the rights of workers. However, Olorunfemi said the position of SSASCGOC and TUC was based on jurisdiction and membership of the CAC, adding that the NLC has no power to hijack their industrial relations matter.

He expressed that it is therefore wrong for NLC to claim any form of jurisdiction on affairs that affects senior staff in CAC, adding that it is SSASCGOC and TUC that have such power, adding that those who attempted to set fire on the buses were thugs, noting that it is a planned scheme by the NLC to discredit SSASCGOC members.

Meanwhile the Director of Public Affairs, CAC, Duke Ukaga has clarified that the commission was obeying the court judgment on the issue of unionization and jurisdiction between the two trade unions operating in the organisation.

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