NLC , The Nigeria Labour Congress, has disproved rumours going around that it might not hold on its proposed industrial action to start nationwide on Wednesday.
They made it known that the only grounds it would stop the strike is when the Federal Government and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited NNPCL did the right thing by returning to status quo on the fuel subsidy removal issue.
NLC announced this in a statement by Benson Upah, Head of Information and Public Affairs on Sunday. This was due to a story made rounds in a national newspaper on Sunday.
The report was narrated as absurd and desperate attempt by foes of the people to partition Nigeria Labour Congress along ethnic or regional lines on an issue which affects people nationwide.
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.”
On May 29 , President Bola Tinubu announced during his inaugural speech declared that subsidy for petroleum products was gone, this has left people nationwide stranded and hoping for a reversal.