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Nigeria Labour Congress Threatens Nationwide Strike over Government's Inaction

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Nigeria Labour Congress Threatens Nationwide Strike over Government's Inaction
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced plans to initiate a two-day warning strike on September 5th to 6th, 2023. The strike is a response to the government's failure to address the grievances and suffering faced by Nigerians. The NLC warns that if the government does not take immediate action, they will escalate the strike to an indefinite shutdown.

In a recent development, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned of a two-day warning strike scheduled to take place from September 5th to 6th, 2023. This strike comes as a response to the ongoing suffering faced by Nigerians and the government's inaction to alleviate their plight. The President of NLC, Joe Ajaero, made this announcement after a meeting of the National Executive Council.

Expressing their deep concern over the current national sentiment, the NLC has highlighted the widespread hardships and deprivation experienced by citizens across the country. One of the major issues contributing to this suffering is the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government, resulting in an increase in fuel prices.

In addition to the fuel price hike, the NLC accuses the government of interfering in the affairs of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), and calls for the State to vacate the illegally occupied NURTW National Headquarters. The NLC also plans to hold mass protests in Imo State to demand an end to the violation of workers' rights and privileges.

Furthermore, the NLC intends to target companies in the Aviation sector, including Airpeace Airline, for their alleged violation of workers' rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

The NLC has expressed disappointment over the government's failure to engage in meaningful dialogue and reach an agreement on critical issues affecting workers and the masses. The Council further accuses various governors and organizations of making threats against trade unions and their leaders.

Regarding the police occupation of the NURTW National Headquarters, the NLC believes it hinders the Union's ability to fulfill its responsibilities to its members nationwide. The Imo State Government is also criticized for its attempts to clone the Congress and exploit workers' rights, despite efforts towards amicable resolution.

Abia State Government also faces condemnation for its interference in trade union affairs and its attempts to impose leadership on NURTW and NULGE state councils. Furthermore, certain aviation companies, particularly Airpeace Airline, have been implicated in violating workers' rights by preventing them from joining unions of their choice.

The NLC calls on communities to report any issues involving members of the Amalgamated Union of Food Stuffs and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) to the appropriate authorities, rather than taking the law into their own hands.

In conclusion, the NLC demands that the government urgently addresses the suffering and impoverishment of Nigerians. Failure to do so may result in a total and indefinite shutdown of the nation, as threatened by the NLC in the coming weeks.

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