By G9ija

The organised labour in the states have expressed readiness to be part of the nationwide strike and protests  called by the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to compel the Federal Government to reverse the increase in fuel price and electricity tariff.

The industrial action will start today (Monday).

The unions in Bayelsa State in a statement by the state chairmen of the NLC and the TUC, John Ndiomu and Julius Laye, respectively,  said they would mobilise workers to participate in the industrial action.

The statement read in part, “We call on all workers both in the private and public sectors including traders, transporters and civil society allies to embark on the indefinite strike, pending when the Federal Government reverses the hike in the price of petrol and electricity tariffs.”

Union warns private workers

Also, the Organised Private Sector Union Forum of the NLC in Rivers State threatened to sanction workers in private employment who snubs the industrial action.

Speaking in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the Chairman, OPSF, , Temple Morford, “I hereby call on all workers of the private sector to join the strike; they should make sure that there is total shutdown both land, air and sea, there should be no operation.”

In the same vein, The Deputy National President of the TUC, Chika Onuegbu, told one of our correspondent in Port Harcourt on Sunday that the union was not aware of any Court order stopping the strike, noting that the TUC was mobilising its affiliate unions and the various state councils to abide with the directives of the national secretariat of the TUC and the NLC.

‘FG shouldn’t threaten workers’

The Chairman  of the TUC in Kogi State, Ranti Ojo, on Sunday said the Federal Government had no right to threaten workers who were fighting for their rights.

Recall that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, in a circular dated September 25, 2020, had asked civil servants to shun the industrial action.

But Ojo, in an interview with one of our correspondents in Lokoja on Sunday said, “There is no going back in the Monday’s nationwide protest.  Workers across the 774 Local Government in the country should to disregard the warning coming from the Head of Service.

Similarly, the organised labour in Gombe State said on Sunday that workers in the state were prepared for the strike.

The state Chairman of the NLC, Mohammed Adamu, at a joint press briefing along with the chairman of TUC, Isa Abubakar, in Gombe, said, “The Gombe State chapters of the NLC and TUC have agreed to join the nationwide strike action directed by the organised labour national secretariat on Monday.

“The strike will continue for as long as the time the Federal Government deems it fit to revert to the former fuel pump price and course withdraw the high electricity tariff.”

Similarly, the organised labour in Kogi State has said that it is proceeding with Mondays strike and protest.

The Chairman of the state chapter of the NLC, Onu Edoka, said, “We have mobilised all our affiliate bodies and there will be no going back unless there is a counter instruction.”

Likewise, in Oyo State , the National Coordinator of All Workers Convergence, Andrew Emelieze, told one of our correspondents in Ibadan on Sunday that labour unions would still go ahead with the striket.

He said, “All of us are meeting now but I can tell you that we will go ahead with the strike and protest  as planned. The meeting is still on.”

 Senate resumes Tuesday to labour protest

The Senate will engage in robust debate to address the lingering power crisis when it resumed plenary on Tuesday.

A principal officer, who confirmed this to our correspondent on Sunday in confidence, also said the red chamber will also receive briefings from its relevant committees on power and petroleum resources on the issue.

He said, “We are resuming on Tuesday amidst the crisis generated by the recent electricity and fuel prices increments and as representatives of Nigerians, we must address it.”