Organised Labour have said no matter the outcome of the meeting between the Federal Government and labour tonight, labour will still go ahead with the strike action over the recent hike in the petroleum pump prices and increase in the electricity tariffs.
Addressing journalists today in Lagos after a joint meeting between the Trade Union Congress and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) , the National Deputy President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) , Comrade Amechi Asugwuni said Labour is fully prepare for tomorrow’s strike action/protest, having given the Federal Government enough time to reverse the increases.
Amechi said the only option that Federal Government have is to reverse these hikes.
“We have discussed with all our organs and agreed that the best way to go about it is through protest and strike.
“Government can not go ahead to subjects Nigerians into suffering because of their inefficiency
” The 100 percent hike in the electricity is not acceptable because Nigerians have not seen any improvement. Government have made promises severally in the past, but have failed.
” Therefore, we demand immediate reversal of the pump price of petrol. Complete reversal of the increase in the electricity tariff, “Amechi said.
He said the Federal Government should also ensure immediate revamping of the existing four refineries to increase domestic refinery capacity.
Speaking further, Amechi said banks and other financial institutions, businesses are not expected to open for businesse as from tomorrow .
He added that all the affiliates of both the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are fully prepare.
According to Labour, the protest is expected to start from NLC Lagos office in Yaba by 6.30 am.