Saturday, 8 March 2014
Labour and Civil Society Coalition Declares April 10 ‘Day of Total Showdown Against Unpaid Workers’ Pensions’
The Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) yesterday announced a mass action, scheduled for April 10, against cheats of pensioners, who are collectively owed over one trillion Naira throughout the country.
The announcement followed a press briefing at the headquarters of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), on Friday.
LASCO said it was adopting the decision of the central working committee of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NCL), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Action Front (JAF) taken in a meeting of April 3, to intervene on behalf of pensioners who have been denied their entitlements in a long time. That meeting made sympathy for the owed pensioners its major subject of deliberation and emerged with the resolution to hold a mass protest in order to compel the government’s attention to the plight of the deprived pensioners.
The protest, dubbed ‘Mass Action against Corruption and Impunity in Government’, will be held in Lagos and Abuja, LASCO said, and will demand among others, justice for pensioners, a review of the pension fund to ensure living pensions and its prompt payment to the aged, and the scrapping of corruption and impunity in Government.
The announcement called on workers, artisans, transporters, market women and men, professionals, students and youths to join in its protest to collectively demand justice in all the workings of the government.
Pensioners have always been denied their entitlements throughout Nigerian history. Firm resistance of the deliberate holding back of deserved pension entitlements will end the regime of cheating, LASCO stressed.