NLC to come out with position on hike in petrol, electricity prices soon – Wabba

NLC to come out with position on hike in petrol, electricity prices soon – Wabba

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), says the organised labour will soon come out with a position on the recent increases in the prices of various essential commodities, including fuel and electricity.


The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said this in Lagos on Saturday, while reacting to the recent increases in the prices of petrol and electricity in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).


The pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) has been increased to N151.60 per litre from N145 with effect from Sept 2, while electricity tariff was increased from N30.23 per one kwh to N62.33 with effect from Sept. 1.


Wabba said that the organised labour would not protest until its Central Working Committee (CWC) met and agreed on appropriate action.


“Labour takes one battle at a time; it does not make announcement without backing its action,” he said.


He noted that NLC had remained consistent in resisting neo-liberal policies, and would take appropriate action in respect of the increases in order to achieve desired result.


He also said that it was high time Nigeria started refining petroleum products locally so as to solve the importation challenges.


On the suspended planned protest against the Rivers government, Wabba said that there was the need to tackle the contentious issues existing between the state government and labour to ensure harmonious relationship.


He, however, stressed that the will of the people should not always be taken for granted “as injury to one is injury to all”.


The NLC president called on other state governments to take appropriate steps toward addressing labour issues so as to avoid the wrath of the organised labour.


“We will take up any state that undermines the rights of workers.


“Workers should be conscious of their rights; there is synergy and we will confront recalcitrant employers to respect the law so that we don’t give room for sudden situations to rise,” he said.


Wabba also said that the Rivers State Government and labour have concluded negotiations on the minimum wage, while the enabling circular would be released for a collective bargaining agreement on the issue to be signed.

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