The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has declared a total shut down in all 12 states over the non payment of workers salaries.
They insisted that non of the Governors who were owing would be allowed to go be inaugurated into office on Friday, May 29, 2015.
Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President, on Friday, May 8, 2015 mentioned that industrial action has been declared in Plateau, Taraba and Borno states, adding that the strike would commence this week in all remaining states.
He disclosed that the strike would paralyse all activities in the states affected, so as to force the governors to live up to their responsibility of ensuring the payment of workers.
Wabba revealed that the NLC has threatened to make any state that fails in its primary responsibility towards workers ungovernable, stressing that setting all outstanding workers salary is an issue the NLC would not compromise.
He said ‘The money is there, it’s gabout getting their priorities right as the Minister of Finance expressed last week.
‘It is expected that when they get their allocations, workers were supposed to be given priority, but rather those governors never gave any thought to the workers.’ He said.
The Labour leader urged his fellow comrades in the congress to be unifiedn in fighting their common enemies, whch he described as poverty and lack.
He mentioned that the challenges facing the organised labour was enormous as labour has remained and will always be the voice of the masses in the face of oppression.
He further argued that subsidy cannot be removed now until government has resolved the issues of revamping the grounded refineries, build new ones and put an end to importation of refined oil products.
Comrade Wabba stated that subsidy itself is not a bad as it has been done in other pats of the world.
However, wabba mentioned that the problem in the case with Nigeria was that of sincerity, transparency and proper management.
The NLC boss finally emphasized that the corruption characterizing the management of subsidy in Nigeria is alarming, adding that if the government is sincere in her purpose on the subsidy, then it should first address the corruption surrounding subsidy and be transparent in her dealings with the marketers.