Labour leaders meet Tuesday to fix date for mass action

Victor Ahiuma-Young

02 January 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS –Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and their Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) counterpart, will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to fix a date for the commencement of a general strike, mass protest and rally to force government rescind the January 1, 2012 subsidy removal that has skyrocketed the pump price of petrol to over N150 per litre.

This came as oil workers rejected the total removal of subsidy on petrol and vowed to join forces with other unions and the two central labour organisations to fight the policy, describing government action as the height of insensitivity and wickedness, especially when the minimum requirements for subsidy removal had not been met.

Leaders of NLC and TUC met earlier on Monday in Labour House, Abuja to fix dates and methods for the general strike, mass actions and streets protest.

The last National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC had earlier directed affiliate unions and state councils to put members on standby for any eventuality.

In the same vein, organised labour in the financial sector, under the aegis of the of Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) while rejecting the the policy, warned that it would worsen the banking sector of the economy.

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