TUC condemns planned communication tax

Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu.

The Trade Union Congress has condemned plans by the Federal Government to impose taxes on GSM calls and other related communication services.

The President and acting Secretary General of the TUC, Bala Kaigama and Simeso Amachree, respectively, condemned the planned imposition of the Communication Service Tax by the Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, in a statement on Sunday August 21, 2016.

They said the bill, if passed into law, would empower the government to charge nine per cent tax on all telephone calls, text messages and data packages.

The labour leaders wondered how the minister would expect workers in a country with a minimum wage of N18,000 to pay such a tax in the face of aggravated economic difficulties.

They said that the policy was designed to exploit the impoverished masses, adding that it would discourage investments and cause job losses.

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