Electricity Workers, NUJ, Others Join NLC Proposed Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress is organizing its entire workforce in the country for a total shutdown of work activities after shunning a scheduled meeting with federal government officials on Sunday following the removal of fuel subsidy which resulted in a 200% hike in the prices of petrol products.

NLC stated that “officials of government have been calling us and we have bluntly told them that we will no longer hold any meeting with them until the pump price of petrol is returned to pre-May 29 prices. In other words, the pump price of petrol has to return to the status quo to give room for negotiation and a way forward.”

In a post on Monday, it revealed that subsidy is an organized crime against the poor but faulted the announcement by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu during his inaugural speech and also the lack of consultation before the announcement.

It maintained that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, cannot determine the price template of PMS in a deregulated market and called for action among workers from 7th June 2023.

Meanwhile, the Trade Union Congress, TUC, is asking for a minimum wage review that will allow workers to address the realities of their standard of living.

The National Union of Electric Employees,  National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Senior Staff Union in Colleges of Education, Nigeria, National Union of Civil Engineering, Furniture, and Woodworkers, Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria have all indicated interest to join the nationwide strike.

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