As the nationwide picketing of offices of Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) continues, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abia state says it is pressurized by some influential persons in the state to disobey the orders.

Speaking on the exercise, Abia State NLC chairman, Uchenna Obigwe, said the picketing of the company is a national exercise directed by the national leadership of the NLC.

He said the exercise will last three days, during which workers will be barred from work.

“The threats will not amount to anything, we are carrying out a directive from our national body, we are warning the workers to stay away from the offices in Umuahia and Aba.''

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The Abia NLC boss had charged the workers to join labour in order to benefit from the proposed minimum wage.

He decried the engagement of workers by the company on casual basis, adding that the NLC is not in support of the ban against unionism by MTN management.

“For over 10 years, we have been holding consultation with the MTN management to allow its workers participate in unionism but nothing has happened till date.

“This means that there is no job security and workers lack the power to negotiate for their welfare.

“We are worried that MTN does not allow its workers to form unions to cater for workers interest.

“So we join them to fight against the ban against unionism and demand that they be allowed to join NLC,” he said.

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