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US Labour Union Says Petrol Price Hike ‘Great Disservice’ To Nigerians

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Posted: May 23, 2016 at 12:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

At a time the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is suspending its strike over the increment in the pump price of petrol, the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations, AFL–CIO, has slammed the Nigerian government for jerking up the price from N86.50 to N145 per litre. It stated that by the present increase, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has done a great disservice to Nigerians.

The United States’ national trade union centre, in a solidarity letter to the NLC, maintained that the timing was wrong because of the present high cost of living in Nigeria, noting that any increase in the price of commodities such as petroleum will result in workers falling further behind while economic inequality rapidly increases.

The letter signed by its Director of International Department, Cathy Feingol disclosed that the twelve and a half million members of the AFL-CIO, supported the national strike called by the NLC to protect Nigerian workers and to ensure that their voices are included in discussions that impact them directly.

It added, “The NLC is embarking upon a national strike in response to the gov­ernment’s unilateral decision to increase the price of petroleum products by close to 50%. This increase combined with the weakness of the national currency, the naira, will devastate working people and the poor who rely on subsidized petroleum, a benefit that will be removed by the government.

“The Nigeria labour movement supports reform of the entire energy sector, but not at the expense of working families,” the America union said, stressing that though there are tough decisions that need to be made by the government, but the timing is important.

“President Buhari made a pledge to the Nigerian people to main­tain the fuel subsidy if elected. The labour movement intends to ensure that the administration honours his promise. The AFL-CIO stands with you on this important day,” the federation stated.

Comments (1)

  • May 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm OgooluwaGeorge

    Most Nigerians love suffering. It has become norms for few people in government to impoverish the masses yet some unscrupulous elements among us will continue to back their evil deeds. But I can’t blame them because they didn’t know the amount of money generated in a day by the government. The day they make this known their will be revolution.

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