Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Nigeria Labour Congres (NLC) has announced a two-day warning strike over the effect of petrol subsidy removal on Nigerians.
The strike is to commence on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, according to the NLC.
This announcement was made by NLC President, Joe Ajaero, during a press conference held at the Labour House in Abuja on Friday. Mr. Ajaero discussed the resolutions reached during the NLC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that took place the previous day.
The labour union had raised concerns that the Federal Government has seemingly neglected the negotiation process and has failed to implement certain resolutions agreed upon during previous meetings.
On August 2, organized labor staged a protest, condemning what they deemed as anti-people policies under the administration of President Bola Tinubu.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), alongside the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and their affiliated unions, carried out demonstrations in various states, including Lagos, Abia, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Rivers, Zamfara, Katsina, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kwara, Ogun, Imo, Ondo, and Edo.
This protest followed a seven-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government, in which they demanded the immediate reversal of various anti-poor policies, including the recent increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), the hike in public school fees, and the release of eight months’ withheld salaries for university lecturers and workers.
Additionally, the union called for a substantial increase in the minimum wage, proposing a raise from N30,000 to N200,000. They argued that the peace of mind of Nigerians had been disrupted since President Tinubu’s inauguration speech on May 29, 2023, which signaled the end of the fuel subsidy.
Despite multiple discussions between the Presidency and the unions aimed at providing relief to Nigerians affected by the removal of petrol subsidies, no substantial progress has been made thus far.