Strike: NLC and TUC Have Betrayed Nigerians



The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has lashed out at the Nigeria labour Congress and Trade union Congress, accusing the organised trade unions of trade-off and serial betrayal of the trust of the Nigerian masses.
 
Recall that NLC and TUC called off the strike at the last minute even after the federal government failed to meet its demands.

“The idea that the organised labour told Nigerians that the intentions for the now suspended but never intended strike was to defend the interests of the oppressed masses but will in the wee hours of the night sneaked into the presidential mansion to strike an unholy accord with the Nigeria Federal Government, is the height of betrayal similar to the depravity of judas Iscariot in the New Testament of the Holy Scriptures”, HURIWA affirmed.
 
“ Since assuming offices as leaders of NLC/TUC, these hierarchies of the few Nigerians in paid employment will always deceive the masses that their agitations capture the aspirations of commoners but in effect these union leaders together with Government, in the night usually strikes anti-masses’ deals which in essence neglects the core issues of the agitations of the masses for a reversal of importantly, fuel price and also the electricity tariff. This show of grand deception and deceit is a manifestation of the indisputable fact that the labour unions played a fast one on millions of Nigerians who had wrongly hinged their hopes on these labour leaders but whose interests are purely that of the less than nineteen percent of Nigerians. This call-off of the protest is the grandmother of all betrayals, and this should be a warning sign for the ordinary people of Nigeria including the over 60 million unemployed youths to take their destiny in their hands and protest the injustices of government or perish as slaves. Now that their fascination over the Big Brother Naija is over, can the youths now constructively engage government so these hardships are reversed?”
 
HURIWA insisted that from data made available by the international labour organisation, Wage and salaried workers, in total (% of total employment) (modelled ILO estimate) in Nigeria was 18.71 as of 2019. Its highest value over the past 28 years was 18.85 in 2010, while its lowest value was 14.93 in 1991. Also, the global body defined wage and salaried workers (employees) as those workers who hold the type of jobs defined as “paid employment jobs,” where the incumbents hold explicit (written or oral) or implicit employment contracts that give them a basic remuneration that is not directly dependent upon the revenue of the unit for which they work.”
 
HURIWA argues further that in line with what ILO says that a high proportion of wage and salaried workers in a country can signify advanced economic development and also that If the proportion of own-account workers (self-employed without hired employees) is sizeable, it may be an indication of a large agriculture sector and low growth in the formal economy. A high proportion of contributing family workers — generally unpaid, although compensation might come indirectly in the form of family income — may indicate weak development, little job growth, and often a large rural economy. Each status group faces different economic risks, and contributing family workers and own-account workers are the most vulnerable – and therefore the most likely to fall into poverty.
 
They are the least likely to have formal work arrangements, are the least likely to have social protection and safety nets to guard against economic shocks, and often are incapable of generating sufficient savings to offset these shocks. These indicators show that Nigeria is a very poor nation with a higher percentage of jobless people.
 

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