NLC Writes ASUU, JUSUN, and Others Ahead of Nationwide Strike.
- Nigeria Labour Congress mobilizes for industrial action following fuel price hike.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has sent letters to all its 43 affiliate unions, urging them to prepare for an upcoming nationwide strike set to commence on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
The strike is a response to the recent increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Some of the affiliate unions include the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, and National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, among others.
In a letter signed by the NLC General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, and addressed to the affiliates, the Congress stated, “We bring you greetings from the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress.”
“You will recall that arising from the National Executive Council meeting held on 2nd June 2023, it was decided that Congress will embark on a nationwide action and withdrawal of services, against the fraudulent increase in the prices of fuel across the thirty-six states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the FCT.”
The letter further informed the affiliates that the nationwide action would commence on Wednesday, June 7, 2023.
All national leadership within the unions were instructed to mobilize their members for the action and ensure full compliance with the directives.
The NLC emphasized that services in both the public and private sectors were expected to be fully withdrawn on the specified date.
The decision to strike comes in response to President Bola Tinubu’s declaration during his inaugural speech that the era of fuel subsidy payment has ended. Tinubu stated that the 2023 budget did not include provisions for fuel subsidy, justifying the decision to redirect funds towards infrastructure and other areas to strengthen the economy.
However, the President’s pronouncement led to fuel queues resurfacing across the country, with citizens expressing dissatisfaction over the significant increase in petrol prices at filling stations.
The NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has resisted the removal of fuel subsidy, arguing that the President cannot unilaterally make such a decision without consulting organized labor.
Source: Deborah Tolu-Kolawole, The PUNCH