In a joint press briefing held in Abuja, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria have announced their decision to initiate an indefinite nationwide strike, scheduled to commence on October 3, 2023.
The root cause of this impending strike is the failure of the NLC and the government to find common ground in addressing the challenges posed by the removal of fuel subsidies and the resulting hardships faced by Nigerians. Despite a three-week ultimatum previously issued by the Union, negotiations have not yielded a satisfactory resolution.
Nigeria Labour Congress President, Joe Ajaero and TUC counterpart Festus Osifo, following separate Emergency National Executive Council meetings, expressed their concerns about the government’s perceived insensitivity to the plight of citizens. The removal of fuel subsidies has triggered rising prices of essential commodities, transport fares, and other goods and services, exacerbating the already difficult living conditions in the country.
As a precautionary measure, the NLC and TUC have advised Nigerians to stock up on food supplies for at least one week, anticipating disruptions caused by the impending strike.
The declaration of an indefinite nationwide strike by these prominent labour unions signals a significant development in Nigeria’s ongoing economic and political landscape, with potentially far-reaching consequences for the nation’s workforce and economy. The situation demands close attention as it unfolds, with both sides facing the challenge of finding a resolution to the issues at hand.
By Olaogun Grace