Human Rights activist, Femi Falana(SAN) has said that the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) should form a union and stop limiting its struggle to the Issue of Minimum wage only.
The foremost lawyer pointed out that no political party in Nigeria seemed to represent the interests of the people, adding that by getting involved in active politics would change things. In his words;
“The NLC can no longer limit itself to the defence of wages alone, it has to get involved in the issue of politics as it did in the past and intervene politically.
The union has over the years fought for the interest of the masses much more than the members of the ruling class of various fractions which sold our common patrimonies.
The only time you see the ruling class defending the masses is when there was going to be an election and after they won election it is now preservation of the status quo and of imperialism.The NLC has always been the voice of the people and the voice must come back and take its rightful place.
NLC must recall the role it played in the time past to fight the colonial regime, NLC must recall that it was the labour movement that fought the military and chased them out of power.
NLC must also know that it is the only organisation that can defend the people and bring about their freedom.
I can assure you that the labour movement that will emerge from here will be a new labour movement and not a dumping ground for the ruling class party.”