In response to what the labour unions labelled as the government’s “failure” to successfully implement policies to allay Nigerians’ sufferings as a result of the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress have decided to halt all activities nationwide as of October 3, 2023.
According to news report , Joe Ajaero, the national president of the NLC, informed the members of the National Executive Council during a virtual meeting on Zoom on Tuesday that a meeting had been conducted with TUC officials to discuss next steps. Ajaero stated that it was decided that the two centres would cooperate to express their viewpoint to the government.
According to a source who attended the conference, some NLC members at first opposed the organization’s decision to collaborate with the TUC.
“Initially some members did not want us to work with the TUC but as of now, we don’t have a choice. The government has not been proactive. So it is going to be a definite action this time around.”
According to news sources, the NLC’s 21-day ultimatum expired last week. Joe Ajaero, the NLC’s national president, has expressed dissatisfaction that “none of the demands put before the Federal Government had been addressed.”
In preparation for the longer strike later in the month, the union first staged a two-day nationwide warning strike on September 5 and 6.
Among other things, the NLC and the TUC are asking for wage awards, implementation of palliatives, tax exemptions and allowances to public sector workers and a review of the minimum wage.