By Alexandra Dominic-Chukwu
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 of Nigeria.
The labour unions are protesting the non-implementation of the 16-point agreement reached between organised labour and the Federal Government of Nigeria on 2 October, 2023.
Leaders of the NLC and TUC expressed disappointment over the government’s disregard for the suffering and hardship experienced by citizens despite their efforts to maintain industrial peace.
The 2 October agreement aimed to address the adverse socio-economic effects of the increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and the devaluation of the naira, induced by the IMF/World Bank.
The October 2 agreement was “focused on addressing the massive suffering and the general harsh socioeconomic consequences of the ill-conceived and ill-executed IMF/World Bank-induced hike in the price of PMS and the devaluation of the naira. These dual policies have had, as we predicted, dire economic consequences for the masses and workers of Nigeria.”
In a joint statement, the NLC and TUC regretted the necessity of resorting to strike action but emphasized the persistent neglect of citizens’ welfare and workers’ rights.
NLC and TUC, in a statement, lamented that “it is regrettable that we are compelled to resort to such measures, but the persistent neglect of the welfare of citizens and Nigerian workers and the massive hardship leave us with no choice.”
Effective 9 February, the labour unions demand the Federal Government to fulfil its part of the agreement within 14 days from tomorrow, 9 February, 2024.
The two Labour Centres said, “Constrained by this development and recognising the urgency of the situation and the imperative of ensuring the protection and defence of the rights and dignity of Nigerian workers and citizens, the NLC and TUC hereby issue a stern ultimatum to the Federal Government to honour their part of the understanding within 14 days from tomorrow, the 9th day of February 2024.
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