NLC mobilises workers for ‘mega rally’ in Ibadan today
THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will hold “a mega rally” today in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to drive home workers’ demands. Its National Deputy President, Kiri Mohammed Shuaibu, said this yesterday while addressing the union’s members at the NLC Secretariat in Ibadan. The workers embarked on an indefinite strike a week ago to demand the immediate withdrawal of “trump-up charges” levelled against some incarcerated labour leaders and to force the state government to rescind its decision to sell public schools, among others.
The union leader, who vowed that no amount of intimidation from the government would make them to call off the strike without getting their demands, urged workers to assemble at the secretariat by 7:30am today.
He said: “We are civil servants. We don’t have anything to fight. We are fighting because we are hungry. We are fighting because we have not been paid for six months. We don’t have the strength or the ability to fight because we are hungry. We have not been paid for the past six months. We just want to show government that we are poor and hungry.
“We wrote a letter to the government requesting for dialogue, but the government shut its doors against NLC. We are now open for dialogue and negotiation. We have no arms. We don’t carry anything. If the police, Directorate of State Service (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Oyo State cannot protect our lives while doing our legitimate peaceful protest, it is going to be a story in the world.”
Warning against violence during the rally, he said any sponsored hoodlums, who may attempt to disrupt the rally, would be arrested.