NLC CALLS OFF NATIONWIDE STRIKE

The National Executive Council of Nigeria Labour Congress just ended its emergency meeting in Abuja this Sunday evening.

The National Strike and mass protests has been suspended.

Here is the Communiqué:

THE COMMUNIQUÉ AT THE END OF THE MEETING OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS ISSUED HELD ON SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016 IN ABUJA.

An emergency meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) held today, Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Bolton White Hotels, Abuja on the on-going protest action against the increase in pump price of petroleum products and hike in electricity tariff.

NEC reviewed the protest action and its impact across the nation, noting the sacrifices of its members, response of the generality of Nigerians, government’s attitude and the brutality of the police in some states. NEC took special notice of the Ebonyi State Police Command where our members were intimidated, harassed, arrested and detained unjustly.

After an exhaustive deliberation, NEC noted its protest action was informed by the twin issues of the unjustified and illegal hike in electricity tariff and increase in the pump price of petroleum products. NEC adjudged the protest action to be a success in spite of both internal and external challenges.

NEC reiterated the correctness of its position on the twin-issues of electricity tariff hike and astronomical increase in the pump price of PMS and the hardship they portend for Nigerian masses.

NEC also acknowledged that the temptation to compare the strike action with that of 2012 could be compelling but that the scenario had changed as both the actors and the terrain were different.

NEC said before it had embarked on the action, it had anticipated a probable outcome and therefore was not surprised by government’s negative response. Nonetheless, it felt fulfilled by having the presence of mind and courage to identify its mission and fulfilling it, stressing that if a similar situation arises again, it will still rise and stand with the people.

NEC therefore commended those who took part in the action in one way or the other and reaffirm its commitment to the struggle. The action, it reiterated was taken in the best interest of the poor and the weak and in drawing government’s attention to the dangers of relying on importation of petroleum products as a sustainable strategy for making available petroleum products. It expressed the belief that in the days ahead, time would prove its position right.

Congress singled out for commendation, its state councils, affiliates and other patriotic Nigerians who at very short notice picked up the gauntlet for this struggle. Congress commends the leadership of the National Assembly and All Progressives Congress led by Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu.

In consideration of the above, NEC after due consultation with its constituents resolved to suspend with immediate effect, the action it commenced on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The action is thus hereby suspended.

Congress will resume negotiations with government on the twin issues of the hike in electricity tariff and an increase in the pump price of petroleum products and any other issue that may arise thereof.

It similarly remains committed to genuine dialogue within the framework of internationally established and recognized principles of representation.

The Congress will continue to resist wrong legislations, policies and programmes and will always act in the best interest of Nigerians as it remains the only pan Nigerian organisation not affected by religion, region, creed, partisanship or primordial sentiments.

The Congress urges the government to play by the rules in its engagement with its constituent parts, stakeholders and non-state actors as proof of its commitment to deepening our democracy and also in acknowledgment of the well-worn credo that what goes around, comes around.

The Congress also urges the citizenry to be vigilant at all times as the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.

The Congress commends all Nigerians for their understating and support.

 

Signed:

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni. (President)

Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson (General Secretary)

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26 Responses to NLC CALLS OFF NATIONWIDE STRIKE

  1. Esther says:

    Shame on NLC!

  2. Anon says:

    The strike was needless in the first place.

  3. Anonymous says:

    NLC adjudged the protest action to be a success in spite of both internal and external challenges.

  4. Prechy says:

    What a relief!

  5. Audu A. says:

    Good decision! A strike action at this juncture would cost Nigerians more than we can bear.

  6. Jerry says:

    The call off is definitely the right call.

  7. Ojo says:

    Though we were taking for granted in the move to inflate the price of oil, I still believe it’s a move in the right direction for the nation.

  8. Jennifer Okorie says:

    Well, at least now govt have no excuse to deny us of basic amenities.

  9. George says:

    Chai! Useless NLC! Why did you go on strike in the first place?

  10. Anonymous says:

    They knew what they were doing all along. How much did they collect?

  11. Jemila says:

    Now that the indefinite strike is off, is the price of petrol back to N86.50?

  12. Jones says:

    NLC… Yeye people! Who is deceiving who?

  13. Akpan says:

    This is the most useless NLC in history!

  14. Ochuko says:

    They were afraid of the ‘NO WORK NO PAY’ rule. End of story!

  15. Abdul says:

    NLC nor get liver to fight Buhari. Lolz

    • Mr. Oke says:

      This isn’t a funny matter.

      Nigeria’s economy is nosediving everyday; the GDP is at its lowest in 25 years. The economy shrank by 0.36% in the first quarter of 2016 (negative growth), and over half a million Nigerians lost their jobs.

      President Buhari needs to do away with archaic economic policies that have become irrelevant since the Great Recession unless Nigeria wants to experience such type of recession.

      A country that was Africa’s fastest growing isn’t growing again in just a year following change of government.

      Why are people so blind to all these happenings?

    • Mr. Oke says:

      Unemployment increased from 10% to 12.1% since January, economy shrunk by 0.36% despite growing by 7 under Jonathan within the same period.

      Buhari’s policy’s are failing. We are heading for a real recession. This isn’t politics anymore but about people’s lives.

  16. Dele says:

    NLC has suspended its Strike to give room for negotiation. We hope that every deliberation will be for the best interest of Nigerians.

  17. Colin F. says:

    Naija I hail thee!

    Here we are rejoicing that strike has been called off. Here we are condemning NLC for even embarking on the strike.

    20 litres of fuel in your car, 10 litres for your Generator @145 Naira per litre for 30 days is 130,500 Naira! Nepa bill, food, pampas, school fees, house rent and other miscellaneous excluded.

    Minimum wage N18,000 and you say you are fighting corruption!

    The corruption that would soon invade this country is still doing press up in Afghanistan!!!

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