The Executive Council of the Nasarawa State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has impeached its chairman, Abdullahi Adeka, for announcing the suspension of strike.
Secretary of the congress, Ahmed Naibi, said in a atatement on Friday that the chairman was axed for the announcement even as he was just reinstated by the council.
The “surprising” action, said the council in the statement, has violated the resolutions reached at the NLC headquarters as a condition for his reinstatement.
“In the meeting held at our national secretariat in Abuja on May 23, we all agreed that Adeka must sustain the strike. That was a condition for his reinstatement.
“We also agreed that his mother union, the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, and all other affiliates of the NLC, must join the strike to maximise its effect.
“But, instead of sustaining and widening the strike, Adeka announced its suspension, a day after he was reinstated,” the statement said.
By his action, it said, Mr Adeka, had demonstrated that he was “not a trustworthy leader’.
It said “We have resolved that he stands impeached; Bala Umaru, his deputy, is now the substantive Chairman of NLC in Nasarawa State,” the statement declared.
It said that the strike action would continue and advised workers to await further directive from the new leadership.
Adeka had been suspended from office on May 21, when he suddenly declared an end to the strike without due consultation.
He was reinstated on May 23, after the headquarters intervened, but went on air on May 24, to announce the end of the strike without consulting with other members of the executive council.
The workers have been on strike since May 12, over the non-payment of their salaries.