The Nigeria Labour Congress, or NLC, will launch a two-day warning strike today after refusing to meet with the federal government in protest of the country’s growing hardship and suffering as a result of the elimination of fuel subsidies.
The strike will aggravate the suffering of everyday Nigerians, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, warned Wednesday, urging NLC to call off the action.
The NLC had on Friday, given notice of a two-day warning strike to protest the excruciating mass suffering and impoverishment experienced around the country, threatening a total and indefinite shutdown of the economy within 14 working days or 21 days after the warning strike, if government did not take steps to address the hardship experienced across the country.
While briefing on Friday after its NEC’s meeting, NLC President, Joe Ajaero, said: “NEC in session of NLC resolved to embark on a total and indefinite shutdown of the nation within 14 working days or 21 days from today until steps are taken by the government to address the excruciating mass suffering and the impoverishment experienced around the country.”
Despite yesterday’s scheduled meeting with Minister of Labour and Employment Simon Lalong, sources in the NLC leadership told Vanguard that the strike would still take place. However, it was learned that the NLC leaders chose not to attend the meeting because of the minister’s alleged criticism of labour leaders in a media briefing prior to the meeting, which would have taken place at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment’s Federal Secretariat.
According to reports, the minister allegedly threatened the NLC leaders during his briefing, eliminating any chance that the NLC would show up for the meeting.