*asks NLC, TUC leaders to resign
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The All Workers Convergence (AWC), on Thursday passed a vote of no confidence on the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the last minute suspension of the planned September 28 nationwide strike over hike in price of petrol and increment of electricity Tarrif.
AWC in a statement by its National Coordinator made available to journalists in Ibadan also asked Comrades Ayuba Wabba of the NLC and Quadri Olaleye of the TUC to resign honourable as presidents of our labour centers in Nigeria .
In the statement, AWC kicked against the planned palliatives by the Federal government, saying “we say no to palliatives and yes to the immediate reversal of the hikes of petrol price and electricity tariff.”
All Workers Convergence stressed that with the sudden suspension of the strike, the Labour leaders have betrayed Nigerian people and as wellhave “stabbed Nigerians at the back as well as broken the hearths of Nigerians.
The Convergence added, “what labour leaders failed to realise is that the September 28 actions was not just a protest against hikes in the cost of living but also a protest against bad governance in Nigeria”.
“Labour leaders have betrayed the Nigerian people .They have stabbed us in the back and have broken the hearts of Nigerians. Labour has failed woefully. Labour is no longer representing the interest of workers.They are self servicing and they can not be trusted any longer”, it said .
“Posterity will judge labour leaders for the opportunities they had to fight alongside with the people but they have cheapishly chosen to sell out. Labour leaders should bury their heads in shame for the game is over.We don’t believe anything good can come out of their parley with government. Labour is now an appendage of government and all their activities is making mockery of trade unionism in Nigeria .Labour leadership has become a bureaucracy of caricatures who are not clear headed about real ideologies of the working people’s struggle. Labour has failed the Nigerian workers. Painfull is the fact that labour leaders are working to kill the labour movement in Nigeria “.
It added, “we the Nigerian workers condemn in strong terms the betrayal of the Nigerian people by labour”, saying, “we the Nigerian workers dissociate ourselves completely from the memorandum of understanding between labour and government for it is not in our collective interest. Labour leaders are on their own in this regards”.