I was shocked when I saw that there was a Labour Party in Nigeria! Imagine! It was founded in 2002 and does not currently have a seat in either the Senate, House or any Governorship position!
Talk about losing on a national level. Let’s just say that my dissapointment is not at the party, but on those who observe National Strikes when Labour9 calls for it. Don’t look at me, I don’t observe strikes, mother makes us clean the whole house so it’s just another day with hard labour.
Initially, I wanted to ask why the sometimes disruptive Nigeria Labour Congress was not politically active considering the influence in number it wields, until I stumbled upon this horrendous piece of information and I decided not to ask knowing that you cannot save a damsel who loves her distress.
Who would have thought that the genie with the power of bringing the country to its knees with one word “STRIKE” in its lamp, would be left so dormant and defunct like the dying industries in the country?
It all makes sense now. Nobody is really interested about creating jobs, building factories or improving the standard of living in the country.
They assume that fighting for the increase in the minimum wage of workers and increasing salaries would increase the standard of living. That assumption over the years has been proven to be erroneous by events.
So all that talk about protecting and having the interest of the people na for mouth? All that greater good talk that involves fancy words like: fighting for the enforcement of labour protection, participation in the formulation of policies that are labour oriented and enforcement of labour laws in the country amongst several other things are all prayers that will not go higher than the height of a 2 year old child? #ShakingMyHead
I used to wonder why they only complain about salaries when a new administration is coming in, now I leave the wondering to Wonder Woman because I know that they do that just so they can throw their weight around a little, they only bark that they have power but no bite to show their power, unless when they resort to their only weapon “Strike” which is slowly loosing it’s sting, look at the pathetic story of LAUTECH and tell me that going on strike is the right thing to do.
When they are experiencing leadership tussles they go on media and whine like little girls until one of them can be pacified with a better position by the government in power. That’s the only time their voice is heard.
I now believe that if you want to be heard in Nigeria, you have to be loud and lousy like a lot of our people in positions. Lie and counter lie about each other in public, but laugh and dine together at night while tearing through succulent pieces of turkey.
Except of course our dear old Labour union which cackles like a chicken that laid an asteroid when it is shouting about salaries and their voice is never heard afterwards until their meal made of maize and chaff is delayed.
Opposition is no longer about constructive criticism and proferring ways for the nation as a whole to forge ahead; nope! It’s now about grinding the country to a stop at the detriment of all.
Have you noticed the mundane times in which Pressure associations like the NLC, ASUU, NUPENG amongst others go on strike? You haven’t? Little known fact, attention seeking.
Dear Labour and other pressure groups that like coming and disrupting things. If you really have the interest of workers and your members at heart, go and float a party and advance your course; or better yet, go and join the Labour Party and create foundations built on protecting your values.
The Labour Party does not have internal struggles that I have heard of, their ideology would definitely be Labour oriented and they don’t have money for dash and stealing so all your efforts will go to actual national interest. Except of course they win and start stealing without putting any industrial structures on ground.
I will not participate in any strike (not that I have voluntarily participated in any) until you join the rank of decision makers and stop throwing temper tantrums when your wishes are not met.
There is always a better solution to striking and one of those is engaging in politics. If your reasons for not voting the Labour Party is because of the likes of a certain Comrade who owed salary for over 8 months, then I don’t blame you.
I am only an accidental worker who is unemployed and pointing 10 accusing fingers at those who were supposed to lay down a structure for me and are now blaming me for not being ready for the structure of the labour force. They say I should gain experience but they don’t want to give it to me.