29 September 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has expressed dissatisfaction with the role of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC and Trade Union Congress, TUC over the increase in the price of premium motor spirit (PMS) and Electricity Tariff.
This is contained in a statement signed by the National Secretary of CUPP, Chief Peter Ameh.
It stresses that the common man has lost confidence, trust, and faith in the ability of the unions to defend their interests.
It says that the NLC and TUC cannot claim to be unaware of the sufferings being experienced by Nigerians as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also Expresses regret that the government without consultation carried out an arbitrary increase on the prices of PMS and electricity tariff simultaneously without any soft landing measures to cushion the effect of such increase on the masses.
It adds that the singular action led to the exponential increase in the cost of transportation and other commodities.
The masses must develop the will to speak for themselves on these matters that are meant to enslave and imprison their conscience and destinies because NLC and TUC refused to act to protect the interest of the people”
The statement says If the NLC/TUC meant well for the people, they would have insisted on using the two weeks as opportunity for people to protest and voice out their grievances for the rulers to hear and know how to amend their ways rather than to use the two weeks to silence the people and devise ways to deceive us as usual.
“We reject the action of NLC and TUC and both labour centres must reinvent themselves and start to act in the interest of Nigerians who need them at a time like this”