NLC rejects FG’s plan to increase tax on carbonated drinks

The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), has rejected plans by the Federal Government to increase taxes on non-alcoholic and carbonated drinks.

NLC’s position is contained in a statement to newsmen by its President, Ayuba Wabba, in Abuja.

Recall that the Federal Government had announced the increased taxes as a way of discouraging over-consumption of sugar, checking obesity, and also generating more money to fund the 2022 Budget.

However, the union has said that it believes implementing increased taxes on non-alcoholic and carbonated drinks, which is one of the provisions in the 2021 Finance Act, will impose more hardship on the citizens.

The NLC, therefore, asked the National Assembly to urgently amend the sections of the Finance Act which re-introduced excise duties on non-alcoholic and carbonated drinks.

“We demand that Government should engage Employers in the subsector and Organized Labour in sincere discussions on other options that can deliver a mutually satisfying win-win solution to this issue.

“We hope that the current situation will not be allowed to degenerate into a breakdown in industrial relations in the sector and generally in the country”, it stated.

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