The National Union of Chemical, Footwear, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metallic Products Employees (NUCFRLANMPE), representing Organised Labour, has called upon the Federal Government to implement policies aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of the removal of petrol subsidy. The union emphasized the need for these policies to alleviate the suffering experienced by Nigerians, particularly workers, in the wake of this change.
During the opening ceremony of the 31st annual industrial relations seminar, themed ‘Social Dialogue as a Vehicle for Promoting Decent Work and Industrial Harmony,’ the President of NUCFRLANMPE, Mr Babatunde Olatunji, voiced the union’s concerns regarding the removal of fuel subsidy and its impact on citizens, especially the workforce.
Olatunji urged the government to swiftly devise measures to alleviate the challenges that Nigerians, particularly workers, are facing due to the elimination of the petrol subsidy. He expressed, “Nigerians are suffering. It is time to revive the local refineries, build infrastructure such as road networks and electricity supply, as well as develop the iron and steel sector, which is pivotal to economic growth.”
The union’s president underscored the importance of addressing crucial economic aspects, such as insecurity, multiple taxation, rent regulation, and charges. These measures are essential to bolster manufacturing companies, sustain economic growth, and elevate the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Moreover, Olatunji pointed out that the prevailing economic challenges have repercussions on industrial relations, leading to undesirable consequences like job losses due to factory closures and redundancy. He highlighted that some organizations have resorted to unconventional practices like outsourcing and contract staffing, deviating from normal employment norms.
The NUCFRLANMPE’s call for the government to implement policies that alleviate the burdens imposed by the removal of petrol subsidy reflects the shared concern for the well-being of Nigerians, particularly the workforce. The union’s stance emphasizes the importance of social dialogue in fostering harmony within the industrial landscape and promoting decent work practices.