Labour begins mobilization for nationwide strike,issues FG two weeks ultimatum

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress has begun mobilizing for a nationwide strike, should the Federal Government fail to reverse its sudden increase in electricity tariff and fuel pump price to the old rate.

The Central Working Committee CWC, of the Congress, took the decision on Wednesday, in Abuja, where they also issued a two weeks ultimatum before the commencement of the strike.

NLC president President Ayuba Wabba who addressed journalists after the meeting argued that government’s decision to hike prices of fuel products, including that of electricity was too sudden to Nigerians, especially with the effects of the Covid-19.  

Wabba also confirmed to journalists that the National Executive Council of the Congress would meet on Tuesday, 23 September to ratify the decision to proceed on strike.

Wabba repeatedly argued that the gains of the new minimum wage recently signed by President Muhammadu Buhari has been eroded.

He accused the federal government of transferring the “inefficiency in the subsidy regime” to the consumers which they (consumers) have to pay through hike in price.

The NLC president urged the government to fix the nation’s refinery and stop lining the pockets of fuel through a fraudulent subsidy regime.

The latest resolve by Labour comes as Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige convened a stakeholders meeting at the presidential villa, on Tuesday to also table the constraints faced by government, part of which necessitated the increase.

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Written by Andrew Odoe
Serial Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Social Activist and Writer.
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