Nigerians Criticise NLC, TUC For Suspending Planned Strike, Accused The Organisations Of Bribery

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Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), has come under attack by Nigerians for suspending planned nationwide strike following its meeting with the Federal Government.

NLC and TUC had called for a nationwide strike to protest against the increase in electricity tariff and the price of petroleum.

However, Federal Government and a non-governmental organisation, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association  had made efforts to avert it, securing court injunctions that restrained the unions from downing tools.

Despite this, labour insisted on going ahead with the planned strike until the hikes are reversed.

In a last attempt to block the industrial action, FG had a meeting with the unions and reached an agreement which led to the suspension of the strike early Monday.

The new agreement, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment (State), Festus Keyamo involves the suspension of the new electricity tariff hike for two weeks and the setup of a technical committee comprising labour leaders, government agencies and ministries to look into issues concerning the recent electricity tariff hike so as to validate the basis of the new cost.

The agreement has stirred reactions and criticisms from Nigerians on social media, who accused the NLC leaders of not being in support of the masses.

Some accused the labour union leaders of being bribed, adding that suspension of electricity tariff was just one demand out of many concerns raised by Nigerians.

A Nigerian wrote on Twitter, “Dear Nigerians, you have no NLC and TUC. None of the conditions was met yet they suspended the strike.

Only electricity tariff was suspended for 2 weeks yet they agreed.

This is the Next Level you chose, next level of the compromised.”

Another wrote, “Anyone still taking NLC and TUC Seriously is a clown.

Ayuba Wabba is the worst Labour Leader in the last 60years.”

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