The national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and its Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC counterpart have ruled out the suspension of nationwide mass action against fuel price hike and other policies of the federal government which they described as anti-people.
NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja after a meeting with the Federal Government said reports flying around that it has suspended the mass action are the handiwork of mischief-makers that are working against the wishes of Nigerians.
Comrade Ajaero explained that the meeting it held with representatives of the federal government hasn’t changed anything and directed the state councils of the congress to mobilise heavily for the action.
He informed Nigerians that the leadership of NLC and TUC have just risen from a meeting with the federal government where they sought to get the Government to listen to the demands of the people and workers but the Federal Government has not made any move to reverse its decision that has inflicted hardship on workers and Nigerian masses.
NLC President therefore advised Nigerians to ignore the work of fifth columnists who are working hard against the wishes of the people and urged everyone to gather in the respective states and wherever they may be across the nation to give strength to this collective resolve.
Comrade Ajaero listed the demands as for immediate implementation in good faith, of their resolutions with the congress jointly signed with the government and the TUC as well as immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the government such as hike in school fees of tertiary institutions and fuel price.
Other demands include fixing of local refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna; release of 8 months withheld salaries of university lecturers and workers; accord appropriate recognition and support to the presidential steering committee and the work of its sub-committees and put a stop to inhumane actions and policies of government.
Written by: Elizabeth David