The Central Working Committee (C.W.C) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has flayed the Federal Government, National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Electricity Distribution Companies of Nigeria (DISCOs) over their total disobedience to the court order that electricity tariffs be reviewed downward.
According to the NLC communiqué issued on Wednesday and released to The Tide, the NLC took a holistic review of the state of the nation, notably the challenges in the economy, non-payment of salaries and pension when due and attempt by oil marketers to increase the pump price of petroleum products.
The NLC’s communiqué also condemned the killing of two workers in Nassarawa state and Imo State government’s legislating policy of new working days of workers three days in office, two days farming, stressing that such policy is an anti workers policy and a total contravention of Nigerian labour laws and ILO Conventions.
The NLC declared that workers have right to protest as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution as amended, relevant labour legislations and ILO conventions to which Nigeria is a signatory, stressing that shooting of workers during protest is barbaric, tragic and saddening.
The NLC further alleged that the mindless violence usually unleashed on workers is part of a calculated attempt to silence lawful and peaceful protests by workers against the acts of impunity, and unlawful nonpayment of salaries.
The NLC urged the Federal Government, NERC and DISCOs to obey the order of the court until the court’s decision is reversed by the superior court over the downward review of electricity tariffs in the country.