No Going Back On The Proposed Nationwide Strike – NLC

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has debunked speculations that it might back down on its proposed industrial action slated nationwide for Wednesday.

It claimed that the Federal Government and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited NNPCL would only end the strike after taking the appropriate action by restoring the status quo with regard to the elimination of fuel subsidies.

On Sunday, Benson Upah, the head of information and public affairs for NLC, announced the appointment.

On Sunday, a piece in a major newspaper prompted a response from the workers’ bodies.

According to the statement, the report was an absurd and desperate attempt by adversaries of the people to divide the Nigeria Labour Congress along racial or regional lines over a matter that had national ramifications.

According to Upah, “this scenario only plays in their imagination as Nigeria Labour Congress continues to be the biggest pan-Nigerian organisation united by a common vision/ mission and shared national values.”

“On the looming strike, we want to assure that all the affiliate unions of the Congress stand together with an unshakeable resolve to prosecute, come Wednesday, except the NNPC and Government do the needful.

“Whereas, primordial sentiments such as religion, region or ethnicity may be refuge for some, at the Nigeria Labour Congress, they have no place. What counts for us are issues such as the mindless and criminal increase in the pump price of pms whose burden will be borne by the already impoverished communities of the poor across Nigeria,” it stated.

NLC said the burden of the malevolent policy would not be borne by other segments of the country to the exclusion of the North or South-West, hence, there is no reason for those regions to back out of the strike.”