“On the 28th of September, the Nigeria Labour Congress suspended its planned nationwide strike to protest the hike in fuel pump price and electricity tariff by the federal government. The suspended strike has been met by much criticism, that the current labour congress doesn’t represent the interest of the people and the leadership of the congress lacks any real cojones.”
The essence of the Labour Congress is to look after the well-being of its members, to defend and promote the rights, well-being and interests of all workers, pensioners and trade unions, has the current leadership of the Labour Congress carry out these functions in a way that deserves recognition like their predecessors?
The history of the Labour Congress is filled with leaders that have sacrificed and put themselves on the line to achieve better well-being for the members of the congress; one will wonder if the present crop of leaders in the congress can stand the military assault that was withstood by several leaders of the past, leaders like Hassan Sunmonu.
In 1978, despite military intervention, NLC, under Hassan Sunmonu, re-emerged as a product of the independent efforts of comrades to forge a common front in advancing workers’ interests. In today’s civilian regime without any pressure or assault, the current NLC under the leadership of Mr Ayuba Wabba cannot stand on its own words and protect the interest of the ordinary workers in Nigeria.
The war fought in the past by the great leaders of NLC is currently being wasted by these present crops of self-serving, government instrument parading themselves around as a representative of the ordinary worker. Their insensitivity towards the plights of their member and their romanticisation of the federal government is a testament to the demise of the great figure that the union stood for in the past through their great leaders.
In September 2004, the NLC gave the federal government an ultimatum to reverse the decision to reintroduce the controversial fuel tax or face a nationwide protest strike. The strike threat was made although a Federal High Court judgement in an earlier dispute had declared the organisation was lacking legal