NLC, TUC declare total, indefinite strike October 3

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The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, on Tuesday, agreed to withdraw their services nationwide from Tuesday, October 3, in what has been described as indefinite, total strike.

The two labour centres directed their affiliates to mobilise for protests from October 3.

The Organised Labour took the decision after an NLC, TUC joint National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday, in Abuja.

NLC president Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo, president of TUC, said this after their separate Emergency National Executive Council (INEC), meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.

In a communiqué read by the two Presidents, the indefinite strike was due to the alleged insensitivity of the government to the sufferings of Nigerians as a result of the removal of petrol subsidy.

Also, the decision to go on the indefinite strike was reached due to the continuous demonstration of unwillingness and complete lack of initiative.

Recall that on September 5 and 6, the NLC embarked on a two-day warning strike which led to the partial crippling of economic activities in some states.

It gave the government a 21-day ultimatum to meet its demands.

But the TUC was not part of the warning strike.

On Tuesday, Ajaero said the grace period given by the two labour centres had expired.

He urged Nigerians to stock their homes ahead of the planned nationwide strike.

The organised labour is demanding wage awards for public workers and a new minimum wage.

The other demands made by the organized labour to cushion the effects of the May 29 subsidy removal are tax exemptions and allowances to public sector workers, provision of Compressed Natural Gas buses, the release of modalities for the N70 billion for Small and Medium Enterprises and immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the Federal Government.

It also wants a stop to the increase in public school fees, the release of the eight months withheld salaries of university teachers and workers as well as the increase in Value Added Tax.

On Tuesday, September 5, and Wednesday 6, 2023, NLC without the TUC went on a two-day warning strike to urge the government to address the mass painful suffering of Nigerians, particularly workers.

Meanwhile, Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong has appealed to the NLC leadership to stop the planned strike.

Lalong assured them that “the Federal Government is determined to address the concerns raised.”