Raphael Ekpang, Abuja
Activities of Nigerian Postal Services (NIPOST) were yesterday paralyzed in Abuja head office following a protest by leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and National Union of Post and Telecommunication Employees over alleged violation of the rule of engagement of the union.
The union locked all the entry and exit gates of the NIPOST office located at Garki 11, Abuja preventing staff and customers from entering the Secretariat. Hundreds of aggrieved members of staff of NIPOST and officials of the NLC, with different inscriptions on the placards led by the Congress President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, stormed the headquarters of NIPOST to protest an alleged decision of the management of NIPOST to compel level 07 members of staff to join the Senior Staff Association of Communications, Transport and Corporations as against the National Union of Post and Telecommunication Employees.
While addressing the protesting workers, Waba said that the NIPOST management wrote the Accountant General Office to send check-off-dues deducted from level 07 official of the organization who have been NUPTE for over 30 years, to the SSACTAC. According to him, “NIPOST management violated the rights of the workers to belong to unions of their choice. NUPTE is one of the 43 affiliate union of the NLC.”
The Union report that NIPOST Postmaster General was not on ground to address the protesting workers. Meanwhile, the Deputy Postmaster General, Human Resources, Mr. Chabiri Ndahi, told the NLC leaders and the workers that the Post Master General was not available to address them because his personal security concerns.