Subsidy removal: Labour unions issue 14-day strike notice to FG

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have issued a 14-day nationwide strike notice to the Federal government.

The Labour unions, through a joint statement on Thursday, said the notice would start from Friday, February 9, 2024.

“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.


“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,” the statement read in part.

The Labour unions are aggrieved with the Federal government over its non-implementation of the 16-point agreement between them, which they had on October 2, 2023.

The October 2 agreement was “focused on addressing the massive suffering and the general harsh socio-economic 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.”

The leaders of the unions, however, are also sad that the Federal government seems relaxed over the growing economic hardship in the country.