The Edo state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress and members of the civil society in the state have rejected the decision of the national leadership of the organised labour to suspend its planned nationwide strike.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Edo State, Sunny Osayande and Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Marshall Ohue, the labour members occupied the King’s Square Arena in Benin City the state capital in protest.
According to the displeased labour members, 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.
The Edo labour chairman told pressmen that the recent action of the national labour leadership weakens the labour movement in Nigeria, noting that, “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.”
They lamented that the action of the labour leadership belittles their efforts, as well.
“We are supposed to be the voice of the common man on the street,” TUC leader, Ohue said.
They, therefore, insisted that the government should revert to the old fuel and electricity prices and fix the nation’s refineries immediately.