AHEAD of its planned nationwide strike expected to commence tomorrow, United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, yesterday, in Lagos, urged Nigerians to stockpile foodstuff and other basic necessities that could last them during the duration of the strike as critical sectors of the economy would be affected by the action.
Briefing after a joint meeting of ULC’s National Administrative Committee, NAC, and strike committee, leaders of ULC noted that among critical sectors that would be affected included transportation, petroleum products supplies, power supply and banking and other financial operations.
Addressing journalists on the outcome of meeting, ULC’s President, Mr Joe Ajaero, however, regretted the consequences the planned strike would have on Nigerians, especially the masses, saying it was the belief of the body that these measures would help to “create a nation that is better governed for the benefits of Nigerian workers and Nigerian masses.
“This course of action, though very painful to us at this time, is the only alternative available to us as we have exhausted all known peaceful processes towards an amicable resolution of the dispute.
“We, therefore, call on all genuine patriots to join hands in solidarity with us to urge the Federal Government and state governors to be kind enough to meet the demands of Nigerian workers and masses.”
It will recalled that the body had earlier issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government as a result of the decision of the Central Working Committee, CWC, meeting of the congress on August 22, which expired September 8, 2017.
He lamented that the Federal Government having responded through the Federal ministry of Labour through a letter with contents that largely failed to adequately address the critical issues raised in ULC’s demands, the appropriate organ of the congress, having deliberated on the letter considered it grossly inadequate in assuaging the fears which drove the decision of the CWC to issue the ultimatum.
“ULC urges all Nigerians to therefore take precaution and stock up on basic necessities as the strike will be very effective as we hope to cripple all modes of transportation within the nation; total black out nation-wide; cut-off petroleum products supplies; disrupt banking operations which will make life a bit more difficult for Nigerians. We regret these consequences on all of us but we hope that these measures will help us create a nation that is better governed for the benefits of Nigerian workers and Nigerian masses.”
The federal government should immediately prevail on AMCON and Barrister Nwaobike (SAN); the receiver manager of Delta Steel Company OvwianAladja who short-paid workers by 75% to quickly rectify it and repay the deficit; The immediate payment of all the arrears of salaries owed Nigerian workers at all levels of Government without exception; The federal Government honours its 2009 agreement with University Lecturers under the umbrella of ASUU quickly and commence negotiations with them on new issues so that our universities will re-open.
“The withholding of registration certificate of the ULC be stopped and the certificate released forthwith so that the nation’s Industrial Relations clime will be made more inclusive and robust; The immediate inclusion of all representatives of labour in the various committees, Agencies and Directorates of Government and not singling out just one centre for these purposes negating the tenets of the nation’s Laws. Any of such appointments that have been done contrary to this, we demand an immediate reversal; The immediate inauguration of the national minimum wage negotiating committee in line with the above so that it can commence sitting instantly.”