“I Am A Bonafide Member Of Tipper And Quarry Union”, Says Eluaka

Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) – 
CHAIRMAN of caretaker committee of Tipper and Quarry Employers of Nigeria (TQEU) Comrade Dumebi Eluaka has debunked claims by an Asaba based legal practitioner, Barr. Larry Olisa that he is not a registered member of the union.

Speaking with journalists in Asaba, Comrade Eluaka said the report credited to the legal practitioner and published in The Pointer Newspaper was done in bad faith and designed to mislead the public.

According to him, “it is surprising to us that a legal practitioner is dabbling into a union affair; what has Barr. Olisa got to do with activities of Tipper and Quarry Union because, he is not our member and he did not speak as someone who was contracted to represent us.”

“As a lawyer, he ought to have made it clear that he was representing our members or he is a member of our union,” Comrade Eluaka said, adding, “it is unfortunate that some persons can know more about the constitution and membership of other unions and trying to cause crisis when non exists whereas, they could not say categorically if they are representing themselves or others.”

Comrade Dumebi added, “the national executive committee set up a caretaker committee and made me its chairman as one of our members, Comrade Kanayo Enenmo dragged the union to court in an issue the national executive committee and the Trade Union Council in the state had settled and as at today, we are working to see that elections are held for the union to make progress.”

Asked if he is a registered member of the union, Comrade Eluaka said, “of course, I am a registered member, I have sand dredgers, I have Tippers and at present, I have seventy eight persons who are working for me as members of Tipper and Quarry union, so, what else do you think should qualify me as member of the Union? I pay my dues and as an organized union, is the lawyer saying the national executive committee does not know members of the union?”

“My interest is for us to have a peaceful and progressive union and as at today, we have our people working in twenty local government areas of Delta State and Barr. Olisa should fulfill the requirements if he wants to join our union,” Comrade Eluaka stated, reiterating, “we are making progress in Delta State as employers of labour and we are begging government to give us three acres of land for us to build Tipper’s Park, we are also soliciting soft loans for our members to boost their investments because we deal with heavy duty equipments like tractors, pail loaders, tippers, among others.”

He decried Barr. Olisa’s attempt to drag other unions into the affairs of Tippers and Quarry union saying, “as a union, we have built peace within ourselves and we cannot work in isolation, so, we collaborate with other trade unions to ensure industrial harmony and cohesion in our activities.”

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