The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday said it would embark on a nationwide strike over the sack of thousands of workers in Kaduna State, other anti-labour practices and failure of the state government to respect the memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed with the Federal Government on the crisis.
The NLC said it had already put all the agencies of government on alert, following its letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on the refusal of the Kaduna State government to abide with the MoU signed when the Federal Government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, intervened after the earlier strike and labour action in Kaduna State.
Also, the NLC said it had directed all its affiliate unions and state councils to commence mobilisation of workers across the country for immediate take-off of the strike.
The NLC took the decision after its emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting presided over by its president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, on Tuesday evening.
Addressing the media after the meeting, Wabba said the decision of NEC on the nationwide strike had been communicated officially to all employers of labour and all agencies of government.
Wabba pointed out that after exhausting all avenues, including writing letters to President Buhari and Senator Ngige, the congress had decided to resume the strike.
In a Communiqué issued after the meeting, the NEC, resolved:
- That the earlier decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) of Congress to withdraw all services nationwide and protest the extreme anti-workers policies of the Kaduna State Government should take effect without further delay. In tandem with the requirement of the law, this resolution serves as a notice to all employers of labour, effective from today, 22nd day of June 2021;
- That the mobilization of all NLC state councils and affiliate unions for the industrial action and protest should begin immediately;
- That all the falsehood and propaganda by Kaduna State Government should be responded to appropriately because in modern-day democracy, politicians should learn to speak the truth and should not falsify information and advance propaganda. We are concerned about the citing of military Decree 2 by Mr. Nasir El-Rufai, a law which has since been abolished under this democratic dispensation. If Mr. El-Rufai wants to return to the era of militarization of our democracy, his action should be condemned;
- That the resort to strike action and protest is the right of workers everywhere in the world even in very advanced countries. If there is anyone to blame for the decision of the Congress it must be Mr. Nasir El Rufai and the Kaduna State Government; and
- On the proposed increase in the price of PMS between N308 – N408 by the Nigeria Governors Forum, the NEC resolved that Nigerian workers will automatically down tools once an increase in the price of petrol is announced by the government.