Members of staff of the Industrial Training Fund, ITF, Monday, went on a three-day warning strike to protest alleged misappropriation of workers’ entitlements by the management.
Ripples was reliably informed by the union leader, Comrade Kayode Alakija, that the staff embarked on the three day warning strike over unresolved issues relating to staff salaries.
“The union is taking directives from the Umbrella body, which is the ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment on directives that they should embark on a three days warning strike to protest staff welfare, financial impropriety and misappropriation of fund,” he said.
However, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ifeoma Iheuze, she said the allegations were not true, insisting that they were figment of the imagination of some unscrupulous members of staff.
The Director-General, ITF, Dr. Juliet Chukkas-Onaeko, the ITF spokeswoman recalled, has called on the Federal Government to urgently address hooliganism in unionism, as they constituted themselves into nuisance.
In the statement which reads in part, she said: “A situation where our labour unions allow themselves to be used by a few people, who want power by all means, to disrupt laudable policies that would eventually be in their long-term interest, and in the interest of the economy, is not acceptable. In ITF, it cannot be business as usual again, in the interest of efficient and effective skills development. This exactly is what a few people are trying to fight for reasons best known to them.”
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