Comrade Wabba made the promise at a welcome reception organised in Abuja by the Medical and Health Workers’ Union (MHWUN).
He said the Confederation now has the power to mobilise 207 million workers across 163 countries against corrupt leaders who cannot pay workers’ salaries yet divert and stash stolen wealth abroad for personal use.
“It is high time our politicians, looters and elites realise that once they loot our resources and leave Nigerian airports for overseas, with our collaboration with airport workers around the world, we’ll mobilise people to turn them back.
“If they will not use our health facilities but go elsewhere, they should be sure they will get a reception that is not funny. No hiding place for anybody that wants to loot our resources and take it abroad and not pay workers’ wages, salaries, and pensions.”
“Initially we were alone but now we have alliance in over 163 countries with a total 207 million members that we can give instructions and they will mobilise in unity and solidarity with the Nigerian workers who are the most underpaid globally even in the midst of our abundance.”
The NLC president who stressed the need for the federal government to review some of its anti labour law noted that the No work, no pay’ principle has no place in modern industrial relations.
“That principle has no place in modern industrial relations. It has its basis on military decree 54 of 1977 (now in section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act). No government in Nigeria has ever implemented the ‘No work, no pay’ principle because it cannot be looked at in isolation of the factors that brought about the disputes.
“Government cannot have a solid collective bargaining engagement and renege on the agreements. Then, turn back to say it wants to apply the ‘No work, no pay’ principle. Such contradiction is strange to mother justice and cannot stand.”
ITUC is the largest trade union federation in the world.
It was formed on November 1, 2006 after the merger of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the World Confederation of Labour in Vienna, Austria.
ITUC represents 207 million workers across the globe with 331 labour centres in 163 countries.
Wabba is the first African to be elected President of ITUC and will run the affairs of the global union for the next four years.