The Edo state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the decision of the national leadership of the organised labour to suspend its planned nationwide strike.
The Chairman of the NLC in the State, Sunny Osayande and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Marshall Ohue, led labour members to occupy the King’s Square Arena of Benin City the state capital on Monday in protest.
They argued that the decision to suspend the planned strike action was hurriedly taken by the national leaders without consultation with the National Executive Council (NEC) members and key stakeholders across the country.
“We cannot continue to remain in the hands of the few who will mortgage our conscience because next time when we call on our labour leaders, they will not believe is us or the struggle,” the NLC chairman said.
He lamented that the action of the labour leadership belittles the efforts of the generality of Nigerian workers.
“We are supposed to be the voice of the common man on the street,” TUC leader, Ohue said on his part.
They labour unions insisted that the government should revert to the old fuel and electricity prices and fix the nation’s refineries immediately.
It will be recalled that organised labour suspended its planned strike scheduled for Monday after an agreement was reached between labour leaders and the Federal Government.
The suspension was contained in a communique read in the early hours of Monday by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, after a technical session that started late on Sunday.
The agreement averts a nationwide strike which would have grounded economic activities in the country