Members of the Judiciary Staffs Union of Nigeria in Rivers State have joined the two-day warning strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the negative impact of the removal of fuel subsidy and the subsequent hike in the cost of living in the country.
The union members blocked the entrance of the Judiciary Complex, obstructing access to the premises. They said the protest is in line with the directive by the national leadership of NLC over the biting economy.
The state chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Wachukwu Anthony, said they are concerned about the negative impact of the removal of fuel subsidy, which he said has resulted in hardship for their members and their families.
Anthony, who doubles as the secretary of the Joint Action Committee of NLC in the state, told DAILY POST that despite the increase in the cost of living, their salaries have remained the same. He averred that the government must do something to salvage the situation.
“The removal of the fuel subsidy is biting hard on all of us; the economy has been biting since the advent of this administration. Nigerian workers are not happy. We may be working, but we are working on pretence. Our salary, which is called “take home,” cannot even take us to Mile 3 Park, let alone to my village in Emohua.
“As it’s happening here in Rivers State, it is happening in all 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory,” he said.