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Wed, Sep 13, 2023 2:55 PM

Labour Union Threatens Indefinite Strike over Failure to Meet Demands

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Labour Union Threatens Indefinite Strike over Failure to Meet Demands
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a 21-day ultimatum to the President Bola Tinubu-led federal government to meet its demands. Failure to do so will result in an indefinite strike that will disrupt economic and commercial activities across the country. The NLC accuses the government of failing to provide adequate palliatives for Nigerians following the removal of the fuel subsidy.

The organised labour in Nigeria has once again reiterated its commitment to embark on an indefinite strike if the President Bola Tinubu-led federal government fails to meet its demands within the given 21-day ultimatum. Following a two-day warning strike led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the country, this new ultimatum is set to expire in approximately a week.

The primary reason behind the planned indefinite strike is the government's failure to provide palliatives for Nigerians who have been severely impacted by the removal of the fuel subsidy. According to the NLC, the strike will involve a complete shutdown of economic and commercial activities across the nation.

Christopher Onyeka, the NLC national assistant general secretary, expressed dissatisfaction with the President Tinubu-led government, accusing them of providing a bag of rice to just a few individuals while gifting each lawmaker in the national assembly with N100 million as palliative measures.

In an effort to address the concerns of the organised labour, President Tinubu has announced various palliatives. However, the NLC has criticized the distribution process, specifically faulting the mechanism employed in sharing these resources with the governors.

An earlier report highlighted the NLC's decision to boycott a negotiation meeting with the President Tinubu-led federal government. Pictured was a meeting convened by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Simon Lalong, during which the NLC leadership was conspicuously absent. Consequently, Lalong proceeded into a closed-door session with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) leadership present at the meeting.

The impending indefinite strike, if enforced, will have far-reaching consequences for the nation. It will further compound the economic hardships faced by the populace and cripple crucial sectors that contribute to the growth and development of the country.

One hopes that the government and the organised labour can engage in constructive dialogue, find common ground, and avoid a situation that will only aggravate the already fragile state of the nation's economy.

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