Don’t retrench workers ahead post COVID-19—-NLC urges govt

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The United Labour Congress (ULC) has tasked government at all levels to come up with ideas at improving the economy ahead of post Covid19 era rather than resorting to mass retrenchment of workers

Edo State chairman, ULC, Comrade Eddy Ossai who stated this in Benin City in chat with newsmen said attempt to downsize the labour force will be tantatmount to sucidal mission

” I want to really appeal to the federal, state and local governments that resorting to retrenchment of workers would be another suicidal mission.

“For me we really have to beg our leaders, we have the economy, all we have to do is to come up with ideas to see how we can manage our economy,”he said

Ossai equally faulted the government directives to lock down the economy and what he termed over reliance on importation of goods and services

” 50 percent of Nigerians live on what they generate daily. Pepple have locked up their shops for months now. Government should allow people to open thier businesses but ensure they use thier masks and observe social distance,”he added

He also arrogated the looming ecomomy recession on the country belief and over reliance on importatoon of goods and services, adding that closing down the induatries will not be the best option

He said the workers are ready to make sacrifice that will enable the nation back to its feet but warned against the decision of some state government to cut workers salary

He however called on the federal government to probe the Covid19.paliative measures with a. view to ensuring the packsges get to the most Vulnerable.

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