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NLC, TUC Issue 14-Day Strike Notice Over Subsidy Failures

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have jointly issued a 14-day nationwide strike notice to the Federal Government, citing the government’s failure to implement agreements reached on October 2, 2023, following the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol.

Leaders of both NLC and TUC expressed disappointment over the government’s lack of action despite efforts by organized labor to maintain industrial peace. They emphasized that the mass suffering and hardship experienced across the country cannot be ignored.

The October 2 agreement aimed to address the severe socioeconomic consequences resulting from the removal of the fuel subsidy and the devaluation of the naira, which were influenced by policies from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank. According to the unions’ statement issued on Thursday, these policies have inflicted dire economic consequences on the Nigerian masses and workers, as previously predicted.

Expressing their regret at having to resort to such measures, the unions emphasized the persistent neglect of the welfare of citizens and workers by the government, leaving them with no choice but to take action.

Effective February 9, the NLC and TUC declared a stern ultimatum to the Federal Government, demanding the fulfillment of their obligations within 14 days. This ultimatum includes the implementation of a promised N35,000 wage award for civil servants, which has yet to be disbursed.

The failure of the government to fulfill its commitments has prompted the labor unions to take decisive action to protect the rights and dignity of Nigerian workers and citizens. The unions reiterated the urgency of the situation and the imperative of ensuring fair treatment and welfare for all.

The strike notice serves as a reminder of the importance of honoring agreements and commitments made by the government to its citizens. It underscores the determination of organized labor to hold the government accountable for its promises and to advocate for the well-being of Nigerian workers and citizens.

As the deadline approaches, both the government and the labor unions face mounting pressure to resolve the issues at hand and avert the potential disruption that a nationwide strike could bring. The coming days will be crucial in determining the outcome of this standoff and its impact on the nation’s economy and society.

The NLC and TUC have urged the government to prioritize the welfare of its citizens and address the grievances raised by organized labor in a timely and effective manner. Failure to do so may result in widespread unrest and further exacerbate the already challenging socioeconomic conditions.

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