One of Nigeria’s labour unions, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has come out hard on the Federal Government over the recent increase in fuel prices and hike in electricity tariff, stating that the reverse would save the dying masses and the vulnerable in the society.
The union stated categorically that in the event of not showing empathy for this class of people by adhering to their demands, “we shall, together with the 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.
TUC in a press statement signed by President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, and Comrade Musa Lawal and M. Ozigi , Secretary General, emphasised these demands were made in good faith without any political undertones.
In the letter addressed to President Muhammad Buhari, TUC said, “we write this letter to draw your Excellency’s attention once again to earlier communication on the following salient issues, we have observed the gradual and steady annihilation of Nigeria and Nigerians in the light of government actions for the umpteenth time.
“Some of the issues that have become worrisome to the working class, their families and the masses include: Sudden Increase in petroleum Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) Products pump price without any definitive and concrete efforts to make our refineries functional, which has a devastating multiplier effect on the working people and their families.
“Increase in Electricity Tariffs without proper consultation and consideration of the effect of COVID – 19, commensurate electricity supply, non-provision of prepaid meters and other biting economic realities”, the union stated.