Gombe NLC, TUC direct members to join strike
Gombe State chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have declared that there was no going back in today’s nationwide strike.
Speaking during a media briefing at the council’s secretariat, they insisted that until the Federal Government reverted to the old petroleum pump price and reduced electricity tariff, the unions would continue to protest against the decision.
State NLC Chairman, Muhammed Adamu, said, “Obviously, the Gombe council of the NLC and the TUC have agreed to join the nationwide industrial action directed by organised labour to begin today.
“We have had discussions with the organs in the state, administrative council and executive council of the NLC and they have endorsed the resolution of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC to embark on the indefinite strike.
“All of us in Gombe State will fully participate because all the unions affiliated to the NLC and TUC are fully mobilised. All of the organs held their executive council meetings on Friday and have directed that all workers in the state will down tools,” he stated.
On the likelihood of sabotage, he said, the unions would be monitoring their various sectors to ensure compliance, while the NLC monitoring committee would monitor the general conduct of the strike.
“The strike will continue for as long as the Federal Government deems it fit to revert to the former pump price and withdraw the electricity tariff.
“Since it will be be a total strike involving workers, no worker will render any services including essential services because the strike will be total,” he stressed.
He, however, described Federal Government’s claim that it could no longer subsidise petroleum prices again, hence the need to increase price the pump price, as a scam.
He added, “The issue of subsidy has always been a scam, because nobody is subsidising anything for the ordinary Nigerian.
The truth is we are supposed to be refining petroleum products, if government was doing that, the issue of subsidy won’t have arisen.”