The Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress, Mr. John Kolawole, has regretted that one year after labour acceded to the Federal Government’s call for an end to the strike and protests that greeeted the removal of fuel subsidy in January 2012, there had not been any noticeable changes.
He said that all agreements reached with government remained unfulfilled, adding that the subsidy was being starved of funds, thereby deliberating creating scarcity of fuel and forcing Nigerians to pay through the nose for the commodity.
“We agreed that the Federal Government would build new refineries, pass the Petroleum Industry Bill, among others. But one year after, they are still in the pipeline. We will not rest until government takes action on these issues,” he said.
Although the FG has promised to retain subsidy in 2013, the labour scribe hinted that it would not hesitate to return to the trenches should government renege on its promise. “We will join any progressive action” he stated. “Actually, labour called the 2012 January strike before our partners joined. That was why the moment we withdrew, the protests collapsed.
“The Federal Government is aware that if it attempts to remove subsidy without meeting those conditions, there will be instant reaction from labour, with or without our partners.”