- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) may announce an indefinite strike soon.
- This was confirmed in several reports that the pressure groups would be holding a joint press briefing in Abuja.
- Organised labour has been in a series of meetings with the federal government since the removal of the fuel subsidy
FCT, Abuja - The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) will conduct a joint press conference at 3 p.m. today to announce a statewide indefinite strike.
As reported by The Nation, between 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.
According to reports, the leaders of the two labour unions have settled their disputes, which caused only the NLC to go on a two-day warning strike without the cooperation of the TUC.
Following their separate organs’ meetings, the two centres would hold a joint press conference at 3 p.m. to announce an indefinite nationwide strike in response to the Federal Government’s failure to address the suffering and other socioeconomic hardships caused by the removal of subsidies on Premium Motor, PMS, commonly known as petrol.
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N5bn Palliative to States: “Nigerians Must Hold Govs Accountable”, Tinubu
In another development, President Bola Tinubu has responded to requests to monitor the distribution of palliatives given to states to cushion the effects of removing fuel subsidies.
Tinubu said Nigeria operates a democratic government; thus, he cannot give orders to the state governors.
The President pointed out that even if he sets up a panel, it will still have to pass through the governors and local government officials.
Organized labour rejects N5bn palliative to governors, gives reason
According to the NLC and TUC, the governors cannot be trusted with initiatives meant for low-income earners.
The union argued that the governors would favour politicians rather than the poor Nigerians that the money was meant for.