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NAAT backs Labour on planned protest/ strike


By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

The leadership of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has endorsed the decision of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other affiliate unions to proceed on a mass protest/ strike nationwide on Monday following increases in electricity tariff and petroleum products.

The NAAT vowed to join forces with NLC, TUC and other affiliate unions to prosecute the industrial action.

National President of NAAT, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, described the hikes as “anti-masses policy.”

The Federal Government on Thursday failed to reach an agreement with labour after hours of talks on the twin issues- petrol increase and electricity tariff hike.

“There is the urgent need to resolve all issues that might lead to total and indefinite strike action as directed by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) of which NAAT is an affiliate.

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“Government should address all the issues raised to avoid labour unions’ action which is dangerous for our economy,” he said.

At the end of its 43rd National Executive Council meeting, Nwokoma said that NAAT would not hesitate to re-shut schools if opened without addressing non-payment of minimum wage arrears to all the tertiary institutions including its members.

He also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the security architecture and decisively deal with the menace of wanton killings, kidnappings, banditry and others.

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