The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has insisted that it would mobilize its members across the federation to proceed with its planned strike and protest with effect from September 28 following the failure of the Federal Government to reverse the hikes in electricity tariffs and fuel pump price.
NLC President Ayuba Wabba said this after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the labour union in Abuja on Tuesday.
Wabba said the proposed action by the organised labour would proceed from next week, adding that the decision was unanimously taken by the chairmen of the 36 states and FCT chapters of the NLC.
The Federal Government had in early September hiked the price of petrol from N138 per litre to N151 per litre, saying it has withdrawn subsidy on petroleum products. This decision was announced just one day after the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) had also increased electricity tariff.
Organised Labour had rejected the hikes and warned of the strike even as a dialogue between the government and the workers’ union last week ended in a stalemate.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) last Monday issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to reverse the hikes or face strike. The ultimatum expires today and there are indications that the TUC may have started mobilising for the strike.