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Labour To Nigerians: Prepare For Indefinite Strike

Posted: May 14, 2016 at 10:16 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



Sylvester Enoghase & Innocent Oweh


The organised labour and civil society organisations (CSOs) on Saturday asked Nigerians to stockpile food in order not to be caught unawares.

This is because they have ordered the Federal Government to revert to the original price of petrol of N86.50 on or before 12 midnight, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, or face indefinite strike from workers beginning Wednesday.

The Federal Government on Wednesday last week increased the price of fuel from N86.50 to a maximum of N145 per litre, citing the current fuel scarcity and supply difficulties in the country as reasons.

Labour noted that in view of the fact that in the past five years, there has been no increase in salaries or wages or pensions in the face of devaluations, spiralling inflation and other vagaries of the economy, “this product price increase is unrealistic, unaffordable, unacceptable, and thus… rejected”.

However, the National Executive Councils of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), and National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Friday resolved to support the Federal Government.

Addressing newsmen, after its National Working Councils’ (NWCs) emergency meeting in Abuja, labour, which comprised Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), said the current struggle is against what it called “neo-liberal agenda in Nigeria”.

In a joint communiqué issued at the end of the emergency meetings and signed by Comrade Ayuba Wabba, President, NLC and Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, President, TUC, labour said it will mobilize to the streets across the country ordinary and helpless Nigerians to whom they owe the duty of protection.

It said it will shut down all banks, sea and airports, government and private offices as well as markets.

It noted that it will “resist the machinations and cruelties of the neo-liberal forces in the government as part of the process of saving the government from itself and the generality of Nigerians from slavery”.