The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to go on strike, giving the President Bola Tinubu a seven-day ultimatum to look into all “all anti-poor” people policies including the hike in the fuel price
This message was convened at the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting, as the union threatened to embark on an indefinite strike from Wednesday, August 2, 2023. letter was reportedly co-signed by NLC President, Joe Ajaero; and the union’s General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja.
It read that, “government has continued to treat Nigerians as slaves and a conquered people which it treats with impunity without any concern on the consequences”.
“That the Federal Government has continued in an unholy mission of robbing the poor to pay the rich in Nigeria as typified by its continued frustration of the activation of the agreed alternatives to Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and new hike in prices of PMS to N617 per litre.”
“That the NNPCL (Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited), has turned itself into the forces of demand and supply and fixes the price of Petroleum products while mouthing deregulation.”
“That Government’s conduct suggests it does not intend to commit itself to the MoU it signed with NLC and TUC (Trade Union Congress). “
The NLC warned that, “the immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the federal government including the recent hike in PMS price, increase in public school fees, the release of the eight months withheld Salary of university lecturers and workers”.
The union issued, “the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum within which to meet all our demands and to embark on a nation-wide action beginning Wednesday the 2nd of August, 2023 to compel the government to reverse its anti-poor and anti- workers policies”.
The NLC threatened to lead and organize mass protest rallies across the nation to demonstrate outrage against the “inhuman actions and policies” of the government.