Labour Party backs NLC, TUC indefinte strike

Labour Party, LP, has backed the proposed indefinite strike by Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and  Trade Union Congress, TUC, to press home their demands for better working conditions, following high cost of living due to fuel subsidy removal.

LP in a statement on Wedneday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, in Abuja, said:

The party, therefore, fully supports the resolution of NLC and TUC to embark on an industrial action slated to commence as of October 3.

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC

We have followed with keen interest, in the last four months, various meetings between Organised Labour and various government bodies including the President of the Senate, the presidency, and the Ministers of Labour as well as all the efforts made by the labour leadership to get the government understand the magnitude of sufferings government policies have thrown Nigerian Workers and the entire populace into since the enthronement of this administration.

Labour Party is not in any way surprised at the government’s apparent indifference, insensitivity, intransigence, and recalcitrant posture towards the genuine demands of the Labour bodies because their usurpation of power was not sanctioned by both the workers and generality of Nigerians.

Nigerians went to the polls with clear conviction of the government they wanted but this was denied them through institutional conspiracy.

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Today, Nigerian workers are being punished for taking a stand during the February 25, presidential election.

LP is also aware of the sordid conditions which workers, the majority of them being our members, are subjected to, whereby many of them go to the office on a Monday and are forced by the prevailing economic challenges, to sleep in their offices all through to Friday before they return home.

LP expresses surprise that the government claimed that it had removed subsidies on petroleum products and that it now generates over a trillion naira monthly, yet it finds it difficult to address workers’ demands.

Daily, Nigerians are subjected to harsh economic realities where the inflation rate is nearing 30 percent, where a dollar is sold above N1000, and where par-capital income has depreciated.

Many families are withdrawing their wards from schools over a hike in school fees, while criminal activities are surging daily.

We think that the Nigerian workers have shown enough patience and understanding.

We are also using this medium to inform all our members and supporters to stock their homes with their necessary needs ahead of a long-drawn mass action until victory is ascertained. No retreat, no surrender,” LP added.

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