NLC to embark on protest as court bars strike action

The loggerhead between the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the federal government get tougher as the NLC set to proceed with the mass action scheduled for Monday, 28th September.

NLC made this pronouncement after the Federal government obtained a fresh order from the court, barring the NLC and trade union from embarking on their planned strike action.

The announcement was contained in a communique by the NLC General Secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, where it asked its members across the nation to come out in large numbers to protest the increase in fuel and electricity prices.

In the statement by Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, NLC asked all National Leadership of affiliates in Abuja to mobile at least 2000 of their members to Unity Fountain, Abuja for the mass rally which takes off at 7am.

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Also, affiliates are expected to mobilise the same number of members to the NLC Sub-Secretariat, 29, Olajuwon Street, Yaba, Lagos, which is the take-off point for the Lagos action at 7am also.

The NLC Secretary also noted that all Presidents and General Secretaries are expected to lead and identify with their members at the take-off point.

The NLC and the TUC had earlier threatened to embarked on an industrial action if the Federal Government refuse to reduce the increased electricity tariff and petrol pumb price.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba while making the announcement in Abuja said the NLC’s central working committee (CWC) has resolved to issue a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to reverse the increase.

He said workers and Nigerians are disappointed that the government decided to increase both the price of fuel and electricity tariff at a time “other countries across the world are giving palliatives to their citizens to cushion the effect of COVID-19.”

“NLC central committee will also mobilise its members, civic society allies, and other social partners to resist this policy because it has driven many into poverty,” Wabba added.

This has prompted that Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) to held an emergency meeting ahead the proposed strike by the organised labour congress.

NGF subsequently issued a warning to the Labour Congress against their planned industrial action, stating it would further worsen the deteriorated state of Nigeria economy.

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