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Subsidy Removal: NLC, Affiliate Unions Mobilize For Strike



Affiliate unions of the The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), have commenced mobilisation of their members to cripple all activities nationwide for the next two days, as directed by the National Executive Council of Congress

A circular by the National Union of Air Transport Employees, Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, have directed all aviation workers to stay off their duty post on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The circular signed by General Secretary of NUATE, Comrade Ocheme Aba, Secretary General of ANAP, Comrade Abdul-Razaq Saidu, Deputy General Secretary NAAPE, Comrade Umoh Ofonime, stated that all members must comply with the directive to embark on the two warning strike.

“As you are all aware, the Nigeria Labour Congress has directed a 2 Day nationwide warning strike due to the present regime if subsidy removal, which has wrecked untold hardship on workers and the common people generally.

“Accordingly, as affiliate of NLC, all state councils and branches of the above named Trade unions are hereby directed to fully join the respective state councils of the Nigeria Labour Congress in all states on September 5 & 6, 2023 for the strike action.”

Also, the Federal Workers Forum (FWF), has directed members in federal government Secretariat’s nationwide to stay off work on the 5th and 6th of September 2023, as directed by the NLC.

A circular signed by the National Coordinator FWF, Comrade Andrew Emelieze, noted that they were equally affected by the harsh living conditions occasioned.bybtye removal.of fuel subsidy.

The circular reads: “We at the Federal Workers Forum are in full support of the call by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for a two days national warning strike from Tuesday 5th to 6th September, 2023 over issues of government insensitivity to the plight of workers and the citizenry at large.

“As federal workers, we are also badly affected by the economic crisis visited on Nigerians as a result of the hike in the pump price of petrol, all in the name of subsidy removal.

“We had earlier written to the federal government to adjust our wages automatically inline with the existing economic realities but that has fallen on deaf hears.

“It is over three months now that fuel subsidy had been removed and fuel has equally been increased twice by over 300% , with a price shift from ₦187 to over ₦620 but salaries have remained the same. Federal workers within this period have gone through excruciatingly tough times. It has been stories of mass suffering and life has been made almost meaningless to the federal workers.

“Everything has been nauseating and hunger is now a way of life among the federal workers. As a matter of fact, federal workers have been financially embarrassed as against the provisions of the general order of the federal civil service rules and regulations.

“Federal government workers are no slaves,we therefore query this pathetic situation and call on all federal workers to ensure that the two days warning strike is successful.

“We call on the federal workers to ensure that all federal government secretariats across the federation is shut down during the strike period. Workers are to also ensure that every other government offices, departments and agencies are shut down nationwide.

“We call on all industrial unions, organising federal workers to comply with the directives of the NLC. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) is also called upon to ensure the success of this strike action.

“We urge the federal government to meet up with the demands of labour. We demand also that government pay up all outstanding arrears of salaries, promotions, duty tour allowances (DTA) owed the federal workers and particular attention to the arrears of salaries of federal university workers in Nigeria.”

The union also called in the NLC to protect the rights of federal workers saying, “Henceforth, federal workers will no longer tolerate any oppression of federal workers anywhere and we shall not hesitate to join any workers group in solidarity strike when oppression is noticed; our attention here is drawn to the plight of our colleagues in the federal universities.

“We equally call on the NLC to pursue this struggle to a logical conclusion and stop this mass cheating of workers. The NLC must not disappoint Nigerians, the labour movement has our collective support.”