The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News 25 Sep, 2020 08:00 am

Workers’ planned strike faces integrity testNigeria

Workers’ planned strike faces integrity testNigeria
Less than 72 hours to the nationwide strike planned by Labour to commence on Monday, the proposed action is facing integrity test as stakeholders evaluate the need or otherwise of the action.

” The Federal Government had earlier in the year opted out of payment of subsidies on petrol and electricity, citing dwindling revenue.But some stakeholders in the energy and financial sector, yesterday, argued that labour unions were fighting for a wrong cause, saying it would have been better for workers to be questioning Federal Government on how proceeds from subsidy removal would be used for healthcare, education and other sectors to benefit the masses.“What labour should have done was to join us with all the engagements we have been having with the Federal Government and stakeholders on alternative positions to electricity tariff increase and to demand accountability in the running of the power sector,” Adegbemle said.” THE Federal Government is not, however, leaving the strike threat to chance as it made frantic moves to halt the industrial strike yesterday.

Chris Ngige, said the meeting, which had the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and Minster of Information and National Orientation, Lai Mohammed, in attendance, was expanded following the urgency of the strike notice the NLC served the Federal Government.On his part, the SGF explained that the Federal Government did not have the intention of inflicting pains on Nigerians with its policies.

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