Nigerian labour leaders have insisted on going ahead with their indefinite nationwide strike starting on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
Yesterday, aviation and electricity union leaders directed their members to join the indefinite strike to protest the mounting hardships foisted on Nigerians due to the removal of fuel subsidy by the Tinubu administration.
Speaking with our correspondent the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) deputy general secretary, Comrade Chris Onyeka, said the strike will still start on October 3 as planned.
He said: “We are at an advanced stage of the planning and mobilisation of members for the strike. We have also set up a joint committee between Trade Union Congress (TUC) and NLC for proper coordination of the strike. Don’t allow anyone to mislead the general public by what the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) said. If we are going to call off the strike, then we will let the public know.”
It would be recalled that that the NLC had yesterday condemned the reported statement of the AGF who had, yesterday, tried to dissuade the general public and the two unions from the proceeding with the industrial action by describing it as being in clear violation of the judgement of the National Industrial Court.
NLC president, Joe Ajaero, described the AGF’s statement as unwelcome news because he was trying to exhume the same judgement which was buried when he said, through the Ministry of Justice, that “the formal statement had lapsed due to non-diligent prosecution.”
NLC, TUC shun meeting with FG
Meanwhile, both the NLC and TUC which were scheduled to meet with the federal government representatives at the presidential villa, Abuja, yesterday failed to show up.
The Labour unions were to meet with the chief of staff to the president, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and the minister of labour and employment, Simon Lalong. SUMMITNEWS learnt that the Labour leaders left the minister and presidential aides stranded without any explanation.
Aviation, Electricity Unions Mobilise For Strike
Pilots, engineers and other aviation and electricity workers have issued a notice of indefinite nationwide strike beginning from Tuesday October 3, 2023.
In a decision that would shut down flight operations across the country, the aviation workers have hinted of their readiness to join the strike.
This is coming after two labour unions, Nigeria Labour Congress
(NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) announced plans to commence indefinite nationwide strike beginning from Tuesday October 3, 2023 to drive home their demands after the removal of fuel subsidy and the attendant sufferings and hike in prices of goods and services.
The aviation unions which issued a joint statement on the indefinite strike are the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) and the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP).
In the notice to their branches nationwide signed by Comrade Frances Akinjole, principal deputy general secretary, ATSSSAN; Comrade Umoh Ofonime, deputy general secretary, NAAPE, and Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu, secretary general, ANAP, the unions said that as affiliates of the two Labour centres, “we are obligated to mobilise effectively for the action.”
Parts of the statement read: “All branches of the above named unions are hereby directed to coalesce within the JAC of your various organisations, together with the respective State Councils of the NLC and TUC in all the states for the nationwide strike commencing from zero hour of Tuesday 3rd day of October, 2023
“All aviation workers must comply to ensure optimal success of this indefinite strike as directed. By this circular, all employers in the aviation industry, security agencies are accordingly notified.”
Likewise, the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has also directed its members to ensure compliance with the nationwide shutdown with effect from Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
NUEE, in a letter to all its branches endorsed by its acting general secretary, Dominic Igwebike, said; “We are to totally withdraw our services and participate in street protests and rallies until the government responds to our demands.
“To this effect, all national, state, and chapter executives are requested to start mobilisation of our members in total compliance with this directive.
“Please note that withdrawal of services nationwide commences from 0.00 hours of Tuesday, October 3, 2023