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Deregulation in Nigeria met with promise of month of mass protests

Issues of concern include a minimum wage, privatization of refineries

by Victor Ahiuma-Young, Vanguard

May 13, 2009 — Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and its civil society allies yesterday unfolded a time-table for the national mass protest and rallies against government's planned deregulation of the downstream sector of the economy and privatisation of the nation's refineries among other issues.

They also threatened to ground the nation with an unprecedented industrial action after the mass protest should government insist on deregulation and fail to address other issues of concern.

Speaking in Lagos, NLC's Deputy President, Mr. Peters Adeyemi, said other issues of concern to labour included a minimum living wage for Nigerian workers and un-mutilated adoption of the report of Justice Uwais-led Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) which NLC argued reflected the collective wish of the Nigerians.

Under the umbrella of Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO), Adeyemi said the mass protest and rallies scheduled to hold in seven states and Abuja was to sensitise Nigerians against the ills of deregulation and other issues involved...

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Posted: May 14, 2009

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