Fuel hike: TUC threatens to go on nationwide strike

Trade Union Congress (TUC) threatens to go on a nationwide strike
Emeh Joy

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has issued to the Federal Government, a seven-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hike in petrol price and electricity tariff.

The TUC issued the ultimatum in a letter which is addressed to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and dated September 14, 2020.

It also threatened to commence an indefinite industrial action and national protest from Wednesday, September 23, 2020, if the Federal Government doesn't reverse the increase in electricity tariff and petrol price.

The letter was titled, "We cannot bear the burden any longer, issuance of seven days ultimatum" and was signed by the president of the union, Mr Quadri Olaleye, and the Secretary-General, Mr Musa Lawal.

"We have observed the gradual and steady annihilation of Nigeria and Nigerians in the light of government actions for the umpteenth time", the union said.

It stated that some of the issues which had become problematic to the general populace include the sudden hike in the petrol pump price without any efforts made to make the nation's refineries functional.

TUC also added that the electricity tariff increase was done without proper consultation and no consideration of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, and no provision of prepaid meters.

The union also cited the non-implementation of the negotiated national minimum wage by most of the state government's as well as the inability of the Federal Government to create and sustain salary date among the issues.

"Government should take immediate steps to reverse the hike in prices as it affects electricity, petrol and all other social services in the country to status quo ante (prior to increase) within seven days.

"Provide adequate and quality healthcare and education for all to save the poor and the vulnerable at all levels. These demands are made in good faith, and to save the dying masses and the vulnerable in the society.

"In the event of not showing empathy for this class of people by adhering to above demands, we shall together with our civil societies and allies sympathetic to the suffering masses of our people, commence an indefinite industrial action and national protest from Wednesday, September 23, 2020", the union said.

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