The organised labour in Nasarawa State which is currently on strike over some disagreements with the state government appears to be sharply divided, our correspondent gathered yesterday.
Due to the division, the anticipated signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between government and the NLC which could have stopped the strike could not hold yesterday.
This is because the medical and health workers union pulled out of the ongoing strike as announced during the brief ceremony at Government House, Lafia.
Similarly, the state chapters of JUSUN and PASAN which just called off their nationwide strikes, declined joining the strike.
In the same vein, the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) did not join the strike.
The commissioner for justice, Dr Abdulkarim Kana, disclosed this to Governor Sule and other dignitaries seated to witness the signing of the MoU between government and labour at the conference room of the governor yesterday.
He said; “Health workers were part of the prepared agreement on Thursday, but sadly, Your Excellency, on our way here to sign the MoU, we were told they had pulled out of the negotiation.”
When contacted, the Coalition of Nasarawa State Health Professionals Association (CNSHPA) said it started its own strike on June 7 before the organised labour declared an indefinite strike on June 15.
Mr Kyari Caleb, the spokesman of CNSHPA who is also the chairman, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria, disclosed this to our correspondent.
He said the government engaged the coalition and organised labour together, but the coalition had to back out because they were not satisfied with the offer by government.
He maintained that the government had already failed to implement the outstanding promotion of its members despite an agreement with the union in 2020.
He said based on their experience in 2020, the government should implement their promotions before they call off the strike.
He therefore distanced the coalition from any MoU with the state government to suspend the strike on the promise to implement the outstanding promotions later.