The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday has ordered all it’s members and workers in all the 36 states to begin mobilisation for a nationwide industrial action and protest in the country.
NLC made this known in a statement signed by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the Acting General Secretary Ismail Bello and obtained by DAILY GIST on Thursday morning.
Wabba said Protest and nationwide strike have already been declared by the congress over the mass sack and anti-Labour practices of the Kaduna State government.
According to him, the congress has also served a notice to all employers of labour, effective from Tuesday, June 22, 2021.
Also, on the proposed increase in the price of PMS between N308 – N408 by the Nigeria Governors Forum, the NLC warned that Nigerian workers will automatically down tools once an increase in the price of petrol is announced by the government.
The communique, which was issued following the National Executive Council (NEC) of the congress said: “That the mobilisation of all NLC state councils and affiliate unions for the industrial action and protest should begin immediately.”
The statement read: “That the earlier decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) of Congress to withdraw all services nationwide and protest the extreme anti-workers policies of the Kaduna State Government should take effect without further delay. In tandem with the requirement of the law, this resolution serves as a notice to all employers of labour, effective from June 22, 2021;
“That all the falsehood and propaganda by Kaduna State Government should be responded to appropriately because, in modern-day democracy, politicians should learn to speak the truth and should not falsify information and advance propaganda.
“We are concerned about the citing of military Decree 2 by Mr Nasir El-Rufai, a law which has since been abolished under this democratic dispensation. If Mr El-Rufai wants to return to the era of militarization of our democracy, his action should be condemned;
“That the resort to strike action and protest is the right of workers everywhere in the world even in very advanced countries. If there is anyone to blame for the decision of the Congress it must be Mr Nasir El Rufai and the Kaduna State Government.”
It added: “On the proposed increase in the price of PMS between N308 – N408 by the Nigeria Governors Forum, the NEC resolved that Nigerian workers will automatically down tools once an increase in the price of petrol is announced by the government.”