Local Government Workers Embark on 3 Day Warning Strike Over Refusal of Senate to Grant Fiscal Autonomy

source: Tribune

WORKERS in local governments across the country will commence a three-day warning strike today, to protest the refusal of the Senate to grant autonomy for local government.

The Senate had voted against local government autonomy on last week Tuesday, but the House of Representatives voted in its favour on Wednesday.

The National Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE) took the decision after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held recently at its national secretariat, NULGE House, Abuja.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, at the weekend, the general secretary of the union, Joshua Irapakob, commended the members of the House of Representatives for passing the local government autonomy, adding that the House had really “averted a national catastrophe and restored people’s confidence in democratic practice.”

He commended the courage of the members of the House of Representatives but decried the senators for being selfish.

He said the union had already senstised and mobilised its members across the country for the strike, adding that “we met on July 23 3, where we all agreed that we should embark on three days warning strike to press home our demand.”

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