By: Okunade Adekunle
United Labour Congress (ULC) has called on Federal Government to review the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, threatening to go on Industrial actions if its demands were not met on or before Friday September 15.
The Labour union made this known on Wednesday at the end of an emergency National Administrative Committee (NAC) meeting jointly held with the National Strike Committee of the union at its headquarters in Yaba, Lagos.
In its communiqué read by the President of the Union, Comrade Joe Ajaero, the Union argued that having issued a 14-Day ultimatum to the federal government as a result of the decision of the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the Congress last month 22nd which expired on Friday 8th September, 2017 and that the federal government having responded through the federal Ministry of Labour through a letter with contents that largely failed to adequately address the critical issues raised in their demands, and that in the event of the federal government’s refusal to accommodate their demands, the union shall be compelled to embark on the proposed strike without further warnings.
The communiqué reads, ” ULC urges all Nigerians to therefore take precaution and stock up on basic necessities as the strike will be very effective as we hope to cripple all modes of transportation within the nation, total black out nation wide, cut off petroleum products supplies, disrupt banking operations which will make life a bit more difficult for Nigerians. We regret these consequences on all of us but we hope that these measures will help us create a nation that is better governed for the benefits of Nigerian workers and Nigerian masses”
Some of the Union demands include, ” The immediate payment of all the arrears of salaries owed Nigerian workers at all levels of government without exception, federal government honours its 2009 agreement with universities lecturers under the umbrella of ASUU quickly and commence negotiations with them on new issues so that universities will re-open, the roads leading to all the petroleum refineries and depots nation wide be repaired by the government to avoid the present carnage of lives, wastage of products and properties on the roads.”
The demands also include, ” The withholding of registration certificate of the ULC be stopped and the certificate released forthwith so that the nation’s Industrial Relations clime will be made more inclusive and robust, the government should demand that the federal Ministry of Labour sets up a task force immediately to carry out factory inspections as most factories are death traps, the proposed bill at the National Assembly seeking to control free speech couched under the guise of the bill against hate speech but has the real intention of protecting the ruling elite from being held accountable by the citizenry. We therefore demand the discontinuance of that obnoxious bill by whoever sponsored it, the immediate inclusion of all representatives of labour in the various committees, agencies and directorates of government and not singling out just one centre for the purposes negating the tenets of the nation’s laws. Any of such appointments that have been done contrary to this, we demand an immediate reversal”