NLC To FG: Hike Electricity Tariff; Face Nationwide Industrial Action

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Should the widely speculated plan to increase electricity tariffs, fall through, the Federal Government would be on collision course with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) which has threatened to embark on industrial action on that score.

This was disclosed in a letter to the Minister of Power and signed by the President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, made available on Wednesday.

The media, it will be recalled, had widely reported that there were fresh plans by the government to approve Electricity Distribution Companies to hike electricity tariffs.

Read the NLC letter in part: “We write to remind the honourable Minister that organised labour on September 28, 2020, through the Federal Government – organized labour Committee on Electricity Tariff agreed to freeze further increases in electricity tariff until the committee concludes its work and its report adopted by all the principals in the committee.

“It is in light of this that we dismiss the ongoing speculation on increase in tariff as mere speculations. We, however, find it prudent to put you on notice that should the government make true the swirling speculation by approving an increase in electricity tariff, Organised Labour would be left with no option but to deploy the industrial mechanisms granted in our laws for the defence of workers’ rights”.

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