UPDATE: NLC VOWS TO BEGIN NATIONWIDE STRIKE FROM SEPTEMBER 28
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has vowed to begin its nationwide strike and protest from Monday, September 28, 2020, over the failure of the Federal Government to reverse the hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.
The President of NLC Ayuba Wabba, made this known in a statement after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting that held on Tuesday night, September 22, in Abuja.
Wabba revealed that the decision was agreed upon by chairmen of the 36 States and FCT chapters of the NLC.
He disclosed that the Federal Government now has two weeks to reverse the increases or face the wrath of the Nigerian workers.
Wabba said; “The CWC meeting noted that the increases were ill-timed. The action has led to high cost of goods and services and eroded the gain of the new minimum wage of N30,000.
“Therefore, it was resolved that the Federal Government has within two weeks to reverse the increases or face industrial action. It was also resolved that the Central Working Committee (CWC) will meet on September 22, 2020 to give effect to the CWC resolutions if the prices are not reversed before that date. We also mobilising our civil society allies for the action because it is presently deepening poverty among the working class.”
However, the Federal Government, on Wednesday, said that the dialogue with the NLC on the recent hike in the price of fuel and electricity tariff has been adjourned to a later date.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the meeting held on Tuesday was to consider the state of the economy and events that have prompted recent increases in electricity tariff and the price of fuel.
“Our society is undergoing socio-economic transition due to upheavals caused by COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected price stability and major means of production. It has therefore become very cogent that we gather as one entity in unity and understanding to forge a social pact or social concertation to enable us reconcile our economic growth and realize a sustainable development built on social cohesion,” he said.