The Trade Union Congress says it is will not be joining the Nigerian Labour Congress in its scheduled protest billed for 27 February against the planned removal of fuel subsidy.
The Secretary of Rivers State Council of the Union, Obi Fortune, made the revelation in an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Port Harcourt.
The Union Secretary also debunked allegations that the body has been compromised by government.
The National Executive Council of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had outlined a number of conditions which the Federal Government must meet before it can fully deregulate the downstream oil sector.
Presiding over the meeting in Abuja on Saturday, TUC President, Quadri Olaleye, said government has no basis for proposing to finally hands off subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) when it has not taken into consideration palliatives to over 40 million extremely poor Nigerians.
The TUC equally noted that there must be assurances that refineries are fully overhauled and establishment of modular refineries encouraged.
They also noted the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy, lamenting that while it has resulted in several job losses, there should be concrete policy initiatives by government to generate mass employment.
But among other conditions, the TUC expects government at the state and federal levels to meet, including putting measures in place to ameliorate the suffering of the people through food security and infrastructural development.
According to the union, the proposal by the National Economic Council on the final removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as from June 2022 should take into consideration the attendant economic impact on the economy.
While acknowledging the giant stride in rice production through various interventions of the Buhari administration, TUC said the Federal Government should ensure that price of rice in the market becomes affordable to the common man in order to justify the rice revolution policy of the administration.
It also said it expects that privatisation of the power sector should be reviewed since the contracts have expired to ensure viability, job security and effectiveness of the sector.