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Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ogun State chapter, Emmanuel Bankole has narrated how he almost got burnt by angry workers due to the suspension of strike in the state.
Bankole disclosed this in an interview on Sunday..
PLATFORM TIMES reports that Bankole was attacked by workers over the decision to suspend the workers’ strike in the state.
The organised labour unions have declared an indefinite strike on Monday over the refusal of the state government to meet their demands .
The strike which started in Tuesday was suspended on Friday shortly after the union leaders held meetings with the government .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that while the union leaders were yet to disclose the outcome of the meeting with the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun , the document which had the signatures of the union leaders announcing the suspension has already leaked out .
This development infuriated the workers who became unruly and turned violent .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the workers who had besieged the NLC Secretariat, Leme ,Abeokuta ,started vandalising the doors and windows of the Secretariat .
The NLC chairman was reportedly smuggled out of the Secretariat in the midst of mob which was charging to harm the number one labour union worker in the state .
Narrating how he escaped , Bankole said, ” what happened at our secretariat the other day was terrible, I was rescued by the police.
“They broke all the two doors of my office, threatening to burn down NLC.
“That man that died was part of those people that wanted to attack.me , they were threatening to set the building ablaze that day.
“When the police that rescued me came , he was the one that saw me the last time the police rescued me, he was running towards me and calling his colleagues to also come (attack) me.
” When he saw that we were already leaving, he saw where we passed and started running towards us, that was how he fell and that was the end of it, it was terrible.”
The chairman further stated that the union was doing its best to protect the rights of its members but, he lamented that they were taking the efforts for granted.
He added “Look at me fighting for their cause, I didn’t eat anything the day we went to see the governor and we got home around 9:30pm.
“And we could persuade the governor to even do what they have not been doing since Daniel’s administration (Otunba Gbenga Daniel), I mean his contributory pension, and the government has given us a timeline, so why would we continue the strike?
“We don’t have any reason to continue this strike.If they have a good leader, they should appreciate it.
“I pray that God will continue to vindicate us. We have conscience and we have God.”
However, the union boss explained that the workers transferred the aggression upon him due to the suspension of strike, as they have not been paid their pensions and gratuities for long.
“It’s quite unfortunate they can come there trying to burn me down in the secretariat. We know that the IGR is what they (government ) need, they need money but we have to be responsible so as not to lose public opinion, and that is what they do not know.
“The strike has been suspended, we put timeline in the critical areas . Two weeks. We don’t need any distraction.”
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