Strike Back: NLC and TUC Give Ultimatum Over Government’s Failures


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NLC & TUC Issue Nationwide Strike Ultimatum Over Govt’s Failure to Tackle Hardship, Cost of Living, & Insecurity

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have jointly issued a stern ultimatum to the Federal Government, signaling their intent to embark on a nationwide strike in 14 days. This decisive action follows the government’s failure to implement the 16-point agreement reached between organized labor and the Federal Government on October 2, 2023.

In their statement, the NLC and TUC expressed deep concern over the government’s apparent disregard for the widespread suffering and hardship experienced by citizens and Nigerian workers. Despite the concerted efforts of organized labor to foster workplace harmony, the government’s inaction has exacerbated the challenges faced by the populace.

“It is regrettable that we are compelled to resort to such measures,” lamented the NLC and TUC, highlighting the severe neglect of citizens’ welfare and the escalating hardship as driving factors behind their decision. They emphasized the urgency of the situation and the necessity of safeguarding the rights and dignity of Nigerian workers and citizens.

The impending nationwide strike underscores the gravity of the situation and the growing frustration among the populace. The prolonged hardship, soaring cost of living, and persistent insecurity have not only eroded public confidence in the government’s ability to address these critical issues but also highlighted its apparent incompetence in managing the affairs of the nation.

While the strike action is a crucial step towards holding the government accountable, it is essential to acknowledge the potential adverse effects on the general public and the nation. A nationwide strike can disrupt economic activities, impact essential services, and further strain an already fragile economy. Moreover, it may exacerbate the hardship faced by vulnerable segments of society.

However, the decision to issue a stern ultimatum reflects the urgent need for the government to prioritize the welfare of its citizens and take concrete steps to address the root causes of the current crisis. The government must demonstrate its commitment to fulfilling its obligations to the people, including implementing the agreed-upon measures to alleviate hardship, mitigate the soaring cost of living, and enhance security across the nation.

In conclusion, while the impending nationwide strike underscores the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for government intervention, it is imperative for all stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue to find lasting solutions. The government must heed the call of organized labor and take immediate action to address the pressing issues facing the nation, as further delay could exacerbate the already dire situation.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as events unfold. Stay tuned for the latest developments on this critical issue.

Organised Labour Gears Up for Nationwide Protest Over Cost of Living

Nigeria’s organised labour has initiated mobilisation for a nationwide protest set for February 27 and 28 to address the escalating cost of living. Sources within the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership revealed that the National Executive Council met via Zoom on February 16 to discuss resolutions from the NLC’s National Action Council and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) regarding agreements with the Federal Government. Following the meeting, labour unions agreed to demand the immediate implementation of these agreements without further delay.

A source stated, “The NLC at its Zoom meeting on February 16, 2024, resolved in line with the NAC of NLC and TUC resolutions, demanding the implementation of the agreement between the labour leadership and government without delay.” This move reflects the deepening concern among workers about the country’s economic challenges, especially the rising cost of living, and underscores their determination to push for solutions.

In response, the Department of State Services (DSS) has enjoined the organised labour to shun the planned protest in the interest of peace.

In a recent statement, the Department of State Services (DSS) has acknowledged the legitimate right of the labour movement to protest but has urged them to prioritize dialogue and negotiation over actions that could escalate tensions.

The DSS has expressed concerns about certain elements planning to exploit the protests to incite violence, which could further exacerbate the country’s socio-economic situation. Emphasizing the importance of internal stability and unity, the DSS has called on citizens to recognize that unresolved issues in peacetime cannot be addressed in war-time.


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