The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has warned the Federal Government to avoid all forms of intimidation and be transparent in the conduct of the forthcoming general election.
President of the TUC, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama, in a communique issued at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Lagos, deliberating on the state of the nation and the challenges confronting the labour movement, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be as impartial as possible, and have the interest of all Nigerians at heart.
It also called on the police, the military and other security agents to be professional in discharging their duties, since no position was worth the blood of innocent civilians.
The TUC, noting the rate of insecurity in the country, called on the federal government to intensify efforts to make sure that killings, kidnapping and insurgency in the country were totally wiped out and save the country from total collapse.
It also commended the federal government for the fight against corruption in the country, urging government to respect the rule of law when doing so.
On the minimum wage, the TUC NEC commended the House of Representatives for approving N30,000.00 as minimum wage in the country and equally charged the Senate to do the same without any further delay.
The labour centre likeikewise tasked government to review the law establishing National Law Advisory Council to include major stakeholders, adding that the unions would no longer tolerate the violation of the trade union rights of its members to representation, collective bargaining and consultation on labour matters in the country.
In a related development, the NEC-in-session criticised the proposed increase in fees for international passport and driver’s license by the Federal Government.
It called on government to maintain the status quo and formulate policies that would be more beneficial to the masses.