Labour Congress tells Nigerians to prepare for total shutdown of government

Comrade Joe Ajaero, ULC President

LABOUR has asked Nigerians to brace themselves for extremely difficult times as they plan to commence the mother of all strikes if government does not accede to their demands.

National Administrative Committee (NAC) of the United Labour Congress (ULC) made this known in its communique signed by President, Comrade Joe Ajaero after an emergency meeting stating that it will cripple basic infrastructure including all modes of transportation within the nation air, land and sea; and cause a total black out nation-wide to press home its demands.

The ULC also stated that it will cut-off petroleum products supplies; disrupt banking operations which will make life a bit more difficult for Nigerians but urged the nation to take precaution and stock up on basic necessities as the strike will be very effective.

The ULC in its communique listed its twelve point demand again stating them to include the withdrawal of Army and Police in its workplaces and factory premises to end harassment suit and intimidation.

The union also demanded an immediate review of the Privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to save Nigerians the agony of suffering under the suffocating darkness which the GENCOs and DISCOs have foisted on the nation.

ULC also demanded that federal Government honours its 2009 agreement with University Lecturers under the umbrella of ASUU quickly and commence negotiations with them on new issues so that our universities will re-open.

They also called for the immediate payment of all the arrears of salaries owed Nigerian workers at all levels of Government without exception among others.

The union in the communique stated that in pursuit of its legitimate demands said 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 and which expired on Friday the 8th of September, 2017

and 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 its demands;

considered it grossly inadequate in assuaging the fears which drove the decision of the CWC to issue the ultimatum rejected it outright that in lieu of this rejection, it ordered an immediate issuance of a 7 – Days final strike notice to the federal Government which has already been done and which will expire on Friday, the 15th Day of September.

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