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NLC Strike: Labour’s Grievances and Fuel Subsidy Concerns

NLC Strike
NLC Strike: Labour's Grievances and Fuel Subsidy Concerns

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has recently made headlines with its decision to embark on a two-day warning strike starting on September 6, 2023.

This strike serves as a precursor to a potential total shutdown, slated to commence in 21 days.

The NLC’s move comes as a response to several pressing issues that have, in their view, been inadequately addressed by the government.

Touchaheart Nigeria the reasons behind the strike, highlighting the six key grievances that have prompted this action.

Background

The decision to go on strike was reached at the end of the NLC’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which took place in the early hours of a Friday morning.

A communiqué jointly signed by the NLC’s National President, Joe Ajaero, and Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, revealed the rationale behind this significant move.

Fuel Subsidy Removal

One of the foremost grievances cited by the NLC is the government’s failure to engage in a meaningful dialogue with organized labor regarding the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), commonly known as petrol.

The NLC expresses concern about the impact of this subsidy removal on the “poor masses.”

Police Siege and Workers’ Rights

The NLC has accused the police of laying siege to the national headquarters of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

They also allege exploitation of workers’ rights in Imo State and interference in trade union matters by the Abia State Government.

Proposed Demolition and Aviation Sector

Another grievance cited is the proposed demolition of properties in the Federal Capital Territory by the new Minister, Nyesom Wike.

Additionally, the NLC plans to target companies in the aviation sector, particularly Air Peace Airline, for violating workers’ rights.

Community Involvement and Housing

The NLC calls upon communities across the nation to report disputes involving members of the Amalgamated Union of Food Stuffs and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria, seeking peaceful resolutions.

They also urge the new Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to prioritize housing availability over property demolitions.

Strike Action

In response to these grievances, the NLC NEC has resolved to embark on a two-day nationwide warning strike on September 5th and 6th, 2023.

This strike is intended to demonstrate their readiness for a potential indefinite strike later in the month, unless the government addresses the suffering and impoverishment experienced by the masses.

What You Should Know

The Nigeria Labour Congress’s decision to initiate a warning strike is a significant development with far-reaching implications for the nation.

It reflects their commitment to advocating for workers’ rights and addressing various issues that have impacted the lives of ordinary citizens.

The coming days will reveal how the government responds to these grievances and whether further industrial action will be taken. Stay tuned for updates on this evolving situation.

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