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Strike: Labour To Check-Mate Government Antics

Posted: May 17, 2016 at 12:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Sylvester Enoghase, Lagos Less than 24 hours to the threatened mass action against government’s increase in the price of petrol by the organised labour, Independent Investigation reveals that the nation workers’ leaders are armed to counter all sorts of tricks the Government may throw at them in a meeting scheduled for Monday evening .

Independent was told that the meeting scheduled with labour leaders under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in alliance with the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) slated for 4:00 p.m. may last till 12 midnight (Tuesday morning).

The meeting scheduled for the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, on Monday by the Federal Government is part of the efforts by Government to trick labour with the proposal for a new minimum wage that is fixed at N45, 000 for them to shelve the planned strike action.

The President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba and his TUC counterpart confirmed the scheduled meeting to Independent, saying they got a text message inviting them to the meeting, and “that they are fully prepared for any magic”.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association has warned workers in the private sector not to participate in the planned industrial action by the organised Labour under the aegis of the NLC, TUC over the recent increase in the price of fuel.

NECA’s Director-General, Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo in a chat with Independent on Monday warned the labour unions not to impose their positions on other stakeholders, especially workers in the private sector, but rather focus on how to improve the welfare of their members through discussions on appropriate wages.
Oshinowo enjoined the private sector employees to ignore any directive from labour leaders, and should go about their normal duties for industrial peace to reign.
He reminded the private sector workers to understand that it was in their interest and that of their employers to ensure and sustain business survival as their wages are not dependent on government’s budgetary appropriation or monthly allocations.

Oshinowo also warned that their involvement in the planned industrial action would jeopardise the security of their jobs and income.

“Beyond applying the law of no work, no pay, employers will take strong exception to any employee that fails to report for work as from Wednesday,” he said.

He averred that the policy was a crucial first step in the resolution of the perennial dependence of the country on imported petroleum products.

He specifically said: “Let us ponder and ask ourselves where organised labour’s position has led our economy on this subject: continued dependence on off shore sources for petroleum products, perennial shortage of petroleum products, flourishing black market where Nigerians pay an amount way above market rate for petroleum products, loss of manpower as a result of endless hours spent at filling stations, massive and unimaginable corruptions in the management of the subsidy dispensation. There is no question about the fact that the subsidy regime has failed”.

“ Is this what organised labour and civil society wants to continue to happen in this economy, he queried.