Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Civil Societies Deplore Suspension of Nationwide Strike

This Day
18 January 2012

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the country have dissociated themselves from the suspension of the nationwide strike action and mass protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC).

Speaking under the umbrella of the Joint Action Front (JAF) and Campaign for Democratic and Workers' Rights (CDWR), the group described the action of labour leaders as a betrayal of the legitimate demand by Nigerians that fuel price must revert to N65 as a condition for negotiation.

JAF in a statement issued by its Secretary, Comrade Abiodun Aremu, resolved to intensify the struggle for the reversal to N65 per litre of petrol and on other fundamental issues especially the reversal of the Federal Government policy on privatisation and deregulation.

The group urged Nigerians to continue with the mass action of street and neighbourhood protests and rallies in the various Freedom Squares created across the country since the commencement of the nationwide strike and mass protest.

"JAF and its allies of Nigeria Medical Association Lagos, Nigeria Bar Association, Ikeja, Lagos and the various Strike Action Committees dissociate self from the declaration by the President of the NLC and TUC for the suspension of the Strike/Mass Action that commenced on January 9th as a joint initiative of the NLC, TUC and JAF.

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