Labour list bank charges, VAT among reasons for planned strike action

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The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have read out reasons it would embark on a nationwide protest from Monday, September 28.

The reasons include recent hikes in fuel prices and power tariff.

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On top of it are: corruption, prevalent rape cases, unemployment and obnoxious bank charges.

A statement by TUC President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye and Secretary-General, Comrade Musa-Lawal Ozigi, stated this and urging Nigerians to get ready for the “unprecedented mass action against corruption, obnoxious policies, rape and other violent offences, breach of Collective Agreement, unemployment, etc.”

In a similar vein, the National Executive Council of the NLC endorsed the decision of the Central Working Committee to proceed on strike on Monday.

The communiqué read in part: “This decision is premised on the fact that these twin decisions alongside other decisions of government including the increase of VAT by 7.5 per cent, numerous charges being charged by commercial banks on depositors without any explanations will further impoverish Nigerian workers and citizens,including their families.

“Therefore, this increase, coming in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, is not only ill-timed, but it is also counterproductive.

“NEC also observed that the privatisation of the electricity sub-sector seven years down the line has not yielded any positive result.”

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