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Nigeria Labour Congress Commences Two-Day Warning Strike over Fuel Subsidy Removal

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Nigeria Labour Congress Commences Two-Day Warning Strike over Fuel Subsidy Removal
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has started a two-day warning strike to protest the Federal Government's failure to address the challenges caused by the removal of fuel subsidy. The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, announced the strike as a result of the conclusion of its National Executive Council meeting. The strike has already caused disruptions in activities at the court premises in Edo State, as election petitions tribunals were adjourned. The Federal Workers Forum (FWF) has also declared its support for the strike and vowed to shut down Federal Secretariats across the country.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has begun a two-day warning strike to express its displeasure against the Federal Government's failure to address the challenges caused by the removal of fuel subsidy. The strike was announced by NLC President, Joe Ajaero, following the conclusion of the council's National Executive Council meeting.

The NLC's decision to embark on the warning strike comes amid rising tensions and dissatisfaction with the government's handling of issues affecting workers and the citizenry at large. The removal of the fuel subsidy has led to a hike in the pump price of petrol and has negatively impacted the economic well-being of Nigerians.

As a result of the strike action, the labour union in Edo State took to blocking the entrance of the tribunal, leading to the adjournment of judgments in two petitions scheduled for the day. The election petitions tribunals for the National Assembly and state House of Assembly were forced to adjourn their planned activities until Thursday.

Adding to the momentum of the NLC strike, the Federal Workers Forum (FWF) has pledged its support and vowed to shut down Federal Secretariats across the country. The FWF, made up of federal workers affected by the economic crisis resulting from the removal of the fuel subsidy, has called on the government to adjust wages in line with the existing economic realities.

Following a similar protest on August 2 against what was deemed "anti-people policies" of the government, the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC), and their affiliate unions had given the Federal Government a seven-day ultimatum to address their demands. These demands included the reversal of the recent hike in fuel prices, an increase in public school fees, and the release of withheld salaries of university lecturers and workers. The union also demanded an upward review of the minimum wage.

With the warning strike now underway, the NLC seeks to exert further pressure on the government to take prompt and adequate measures to alleviate the hardships faced by workers and the general public as a whole. The union emphasizes the need for the government to reconsider its decisions and prioritize the welfare of the Nigerian people.

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