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FG Works to Avert Nationwide Labour Strike

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The Federal Government is reportedly taking action to prevent a nationwide strike. Multiple sources indicate the government is exploring all avenues to avert the strike, scheduled to begin October 3.

This follows the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) decision to strike due to the Federal Government’s removal of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidy. The NLC previously held a two-day warning strike on September 5-6.

At a well-attended press conference, the unions fervently voiced their concerns and subsequently announced their intentions for nationwide protests set to kick off on October 3. However, inside sources, closely affiliated with the government, have hinted that proactive measures are in the works to circumvent the impending strike.

There are strong indications that President Bola Tinubu is contemplating a major announcement, possibly revealing a relief package, during his speech on Nigeria’s Independence Day, which falls on October. Beyond this, there’s speculation that the government might adopt a legal route by seeking a court injunction to halt the strike, demonstrating the lengths they’re willing to go to maintain national stability.

Addressing the media, the NLC spokesperson, Mr. Benson Upah, confidently stated that the union is prepared and will promptly respond to any court order if the government decides to pursue that avenue.

Representing a significant voice within the Yoruba community, the esteemed pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has taken a proactive stance in the ongoing fuel subsidy debate. Recognizing the complexities and potential implications of the subsidy removal, Afenifere ardently believes in the power of dialogue.

The organization, renowned for its commitment to fostering unity and progressive thought, has therefore issued a clarion call for enhanced communication between the Federal Government and the labour leaders. They emphasize that only through comprehensive, open, and transparent discussions can both parties reach an understanding that considers the best interests of the nation’s populace in light of the fuel subsidy removal.

The Labour Party (LP), has publicly declared its unwavering support for the anticipated strike, voicing deep-seated frustrations over what they perceive as the government’s continued inertia in addressing pressing issues. In a detailed statement released to the press, the LP didn’t mince words, highlighting their profound concerns over the government’s seeming inability or unwillingness to adequately respond to the workers’ legitimate demands.

This, they note, is especially perplexing and disconcerting given the significant revenue that the government has accrued from the removal of fuel subsidies. The LP’s stance underscores a growing sentiment among various stakeholders about the need for the government to act more responsibly and attentively towards its workforce.

The Organised Private Sector of Nigeria (OPSN) urges both the government and labour to consider the economy’s fragility. They warn that a strike could significantly damage Nigeria’s already shaky economy.

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) admonishes the NLC to refrain from meddling in its internal issues, blaming them for recent unrest.

In response, NLC President Joe Ajaero stated the NLC won’t engage in disputes with non-affiliated groups.

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