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Nigeria's Labour Unions Protest Against Anti-People Policies

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Nigeria's Labour Unions Protest Against Anti-People Policies
Nigeria's labour unions, led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), have taken to the streets in protest against President Bola Tinubu's alleged anti-people policies. The removal of petrol subsidy, resulting in a surge in food and transportation prices, has prompted the unions to demand the reversal of these policies and an increase in the minimum wage. Despite negotiations with government representatives, the labour unions have insisted on continuing their protest until their demands are met.

Abuja, Lagos and other parts of Nigeria witnessed a massive protest as the country's labour unions, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), launched their demonstration against the alleged anti-people policies of President Bola Tinubu.

The removal of petrol subsidy has caused a significant rise in the prices of essential commodities like food items and transportation, prompting the labour unions to take to the streets. On Wednesday, protesters in Abuja, starting from the Unity Fountain, made their way to the National Assembly complex, breaking down the first gate and forcing entry.

Reports state that the protesters then moved to the second gate of the Assembly Complex, leading to Senators entering a closed-door session, with Senate President Godswill Akpabio expected to address the protesters.

The core demands presented by the Organised Labour include the immediate reversal of the recent surge in petrol prices and other anti-poor policies of the government. NLC President Joe Ajaero made it clear that there would be no turning back until the government satisfies their demands.

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Chief of Staff to President Bola Tinubu, along with other government representatives, have been engaging in meetings with the labour unions. However, no agreement has been reached yet.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja, Ajero said, "We are here for the protest and to make a statement that since we started negotiation, that there is nothing we have in our hands." He further emphasized the need for an upward review of the minimum wage from N30,000 to N200,000 to address the rising cost of living.

In response to the protest, Tinubu announced that a new minimum wage will soon be introduced. He expressed confidence that the removal of fuel subsidies and other measures taken by his government are necessary for the welfare of the country.

Tinubu urged Nigerians to look beyond the temporary pains caused by the reforms, assuring them of a better future. "All of our good and helpful plans are in the works. More importantly, I know that they will work," he said.

However, the labour unions remain skeptical and continue to express their discontent. They argue that the subsidy removal has only worsened the economic conditions for the majority of Nigerians.

As the protest unfolds, efforts to find a common ground between the labour unions and the government are ongoing. The path ahead remains uncertain, with both sides holding firm to their positions.

Despite the challenges, the protests by Nigeria's labour unions highlight the importance of addressing the concerns of the people. It serves as a reminder to those in power that policies should be in the best interest of the citizens they represent.

In the coming days, the nation will be closely watching as the government and the labour unions attempt to find a resolution that can alleviate the hardships faced by the Nigerian people.

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