The Nigeria Labour Congres (NLC) has declared a fresh two-day warning strike, beginning on Tuesday, September 5, in protest against the federal government for failing to address the challenges caused by the removal of fuel subsidy.
This is coming almost a month after organised protests against the “anti-people” policies of the administration of President Bola Tinubu, which were later called off.
Organised Labour — The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and their affiliate unions — demonstrated in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and several states, including Lagos, Abia, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Rivers, Zamfara, Katsina, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kwara, Ogun, Imo, Ondo, and Edo.
The demonstrations followed a seven-day ultimatum issued to the central government demanding “the immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the federal government including the recent hike in PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) price, increase in public school fees, the release of the eight months withheld salary of university lecturers and workers.”
Several meetings between the Presidency and the unions on palliatives for Nigerians suffering hardship in the wake of the petrol subsidy removal proved abortive.
Although the Tinubu administration set up committees to plan out the rollout of palliatives for workers, the labour centre noted that the committee had yet to come up with the plans.
A member of the NLC national body in a terse message said, “There will be a warning strike starting from Tuesday. The national body will issue a notice soon.”