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Electricity tariff/fuel hike: TUC, NLC vow to commence nationwide strike Monday

by Kunle Awosiyan

Consequent upon the ultimatum given to the Federal Government to reverse the recent increase in the Price of Petroleum Products and hike in Electricity Tariff, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has resolved to join the Nigeria Labour Congress in its plans to commence nationwide strike and protest

The TUC had issued an ultimatum last week which expired by midnight of yesterday and has therefore shifted it planned strike to 28th September, 2020 to allow for joint partnership with the NLC and Members of the Civil Group to execute the protest against rising poverty and alleged hardship in the country

Statement signed by Comrade Quadri Olaleye, TUC President recalls that the government during its electioneering campaigns in 2014 told the world there is nothing like subsidy and promised to build refineries

The TUC lamented that as at today, about eight states are yet to commence the payment of new minimum wage and its consequential adjustment signed into law on April 18, 2019 by President Mohammed Buhari. .

In the same vein, the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC on Tuesday, endorsed and ratified the decision of its Central Working Committee, CWC, to declare a nationwide indefinite strike and mass protest from September 28, should government fail to reverse the recent hikes in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.

Speaking at the end of the NEC’s meeting, President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba said in the interest of industrial peace and social order, the Federal Government should listen to cries of workers and other suffering Nigerians and rescind the increases

The NLC warns that failure to meet the demands would make the planned strike and mass protest inevitable

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