May commence indefinite strike, protest September 23.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday gave Federal Government 7-day ultimatum to reverse the increased in the price of premium Motor Spirit (PMS) known as petroleum and a hike in electricity tariff.
The congress also urged government to provide adequate and quality healthcare and education for all to save the poor and the vulnerable at all levels.
Federal Government had recently deregulate the down stream sector which make the market forces to now determine the price of the product. Also electricity tariff was increased which many Nigerians described as a ‘hash civid-19 palliative’ to the citizens.
According to a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, the congress warned that in the event that government failed to reverse the increased, it would commence an indefinite industrial action and national protest from Wednesday 23rd.
The letter which was signed by the TUC President comrade Quadri Olaleye and the general Musa Lawal also frowned at in ability to some state government to implement the N30.000 national minimum wage.
The letter reads “We bring you warm greetings from the National Executive Council of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), and write this letter to draw your Excellency’s attention once again to earlier communication on the following SALIENT issues.
“We have observed the gradual and steady annihilation of Nigeria and Nigerians in the light of government actions for the umpteenth time. Some of the issues that have become worrisome to the working class, their families and the masses include:
“Sudden Increase in petroleum Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Products pump price without any definitive and concrete efforts to make our refineries functional, which has a devastating multiplier effect on the working people and their families.
“Increase in Electricity tariff without proper consultation and consideration of the effect of COVID – 19, commensurate electricity supply, non-provision of prepaid meters and other biting economic realities.
“Non implementation of the negotiated National Minimum Wage by most of the state governments, and federal government’s inability to create and sustain salary date and calendar to ensure transparency.
“Corruption in government agencies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) , Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health over failure to explain and lack of transparency on how funds received in the fight against COVID-19 was spent among others.
“Loss of jobs across the industries, high cost of living and, businesses not moving in the light of the effects of Covid-19, Palliative that never got to those that needed them etc.
“The TUC at the just concluded meeting of its organs have thus resolved to demand that Government should take immediate steps to reverse the hike in prices as it affects Electricity, Petrol and all other social services in the country to status quo ante (prior to increase) within (7) SEVEN DAYS, and Provide adequate and quality healthcare and education for all to save the poor and the vulnerable at all levels.
“These demands are made in good faith, and to save the dying masses and the vulnerable in our society. In the event of not showing empathy for this class of people by adhering to above demands, we shall, together with our Civil Societies and allies ,sympathetic to the suffering masses of our people commence an indefinite industrial action and national protest from Wednesday 23rd September 2020”.