Organised Labour Gives Fresh Update on Nationwide Strike

Organised Labour Gives Fresh Update on Nationwide Strike

  • The possibility of industrial action on Wednesday, August 2, still looks likely to happen and may not occur
  • After two crunch meetings on the palliative for subsidy removal, the NLC and TUC have failed to reach a consensus with the federal government
  • However, the leadership of organised labour has hinted that a decision would be made before midnight for the next line of action

FCT, Abuja - The planned industrial action by organised labour, slated for Wednesday, August 2, may not hold as scheduled.

As reported by TheCable, this development was confirmed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday, August 1.

NLC, TUC, Organised Labour, FG
FG's meeting with organised Labour is coming 24 hours before the nationwide protest. Photo Credit: @saamaccido_/Twitter
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After the rescheduled presidential steering committee on palliatives meeting held in Abuja on Tuesday, Emma Ugbaja, general secretary of NLC, said President Bola Tinubu’s announced measures were welcomed, although they were not comprehensive enough.

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Strike: Organised Labour to make a decision soon

Ugbaja said the labour unions would consult with its members to reach a consensus on the next action before the day ends.

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Nigeria’s economy is at a crossroads following the declaration of subsidy removal by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at his inauguration ceremony at the iconic Eagle Square in Abuja.

Since then, inflation has been high, making it difficult for Nigerians to afford a commodity or service at a fair rate.

Similarly, mobility has also become a problem nationwide as there has been a rapid increase in automobile, train, and aircraft transport fares.

FG, NLC Begin Negotiations on Palliatives Over Subsidy Removal

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that as the planned nationwide strike draws into its penultimate stage, the federal government has made a fresh move to halt it.

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The federal government led by the chief of staff to the president, Femi Gbajabiamila, reopened talks with organised labour.

The meeting is ongoing as negotiations on the palliative over the fuel subsidy removal might be concluded today.

Akpabio Laments Lawmakers' Low Earnings as Senate Moves to Stop NLC Strike

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate is moving to stop the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) from embarking on its proposed strike.

Senator Abdulrahman Kawu Suleiman said the planned strike would cripple the nation's economy.

Kawu warned that the strike could heat the polity and gains could be far below the costs of managing the conflict.

Source: Legit.ng

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Segun Adeyemi (Current Affairs and Politics Editor) Segun Adeyemi is a journalist with over 9 years of experience as an active field reporter, editor, and editorial manager. He has had stints with Daily Trust newspaper, Daily Nigerian, and News Digest. He currently works as an editor for Legit.ng's current affairs and politics desk. He holds a degree in Mass Communication (Adekunle Ajasin University). He is a certified digital reporter by Reuters, AFP and the co-convener of the annual campus journalism awards. Email: segun.adeyemi@corp.legit.ng.

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