NLC, TUC leaders under attack for suspending strike

By AdvocateNews on 29/09/2020

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Labour leaders came under severe criticism on Monday for shelving the proposed strike.

They suspended the industrial action in the early hours of on Monday after a marathon meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, with Federal Government officials.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had mobilised their members, Civil Society Organisations and other categories of Nigerians to protest the increase in the price of petrol and the hike in electricity tariffs.

Those who criticised Labour said the leaders should have reported to their members and their allies before shelving the planned action.

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), a former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Second Vice-President Monday Ubani, the Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB) and the Join Action Force (JAF) are among stakeholders who expressed disappointment with Labour.

CNPP, in a statement by its Secretary-General, Chief Willy Ezugwu, said: “We expected that this would happen and that was why the CNPP opted to rally civil society movements across the country.

“We are monitoring the situation and rejigging our plans given the now obvious reality that the ordinary citizens who cannot travel to Abuja are on their own.

“In the last five years, the NLC and the TUC have remained toothless bulldogs and compromised arm of the Federal Government.

“The suffering masses who believed the labour unions can now continue to suffer, while all voices are shut.”

Ubani was of the view that the decision amounted to a betrayal of Nigerian workers.

He told reporters in Ikeja that what the labour unions did amounted to a sellout.

Ubani maintained that it is wrong to have mobilised Nigerians in preparations for the strike only to dash their expectations.

He said: “Clearly, this is a sell-out and I feel totally betrayed and personally alarmed at the quality of leadership at the NLC. We have lost it completely.

“I do not think Nigerians were initially interested in any strike and I knew it won’t hold, because the labour leaders are deceivers.

“I never hoped for anything about this particular proposed strike or protest before now, because I knew they will sell-out.

“I’m not surprised it happened. We do not have labour leaders in Nigeria. Nigerians must organise themselves to fight, to liberate this country. That’s what I will advise.

“Anya time we feel aggrieved, and we feel the Nigerian government is not getting it right, we need to come together in the manner we did during the fuel subsidy protest under the Goodluck Jonathan administration with one spirit and one heart, not relying on labour.”

The Alliance for Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB) and the Join Action Force (JAF) led scores of members of civil society groups to protest against the hike in petrol price and increase in electricity tariffs in Ibadan, despite the suspension of strike.

Posted 29/09/2020 08:50:41 AM


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