Organized labour unions decline meeting with FG, indefinite strike likely on Oct 3.

admin September 30, 2023
Updated 2023/09/30 at 12:06 PM

On Friday, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) reportedly declined to attend an emergency meeting with the Federal Government.

The meeting, which was scheduled for 3 pm at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, was called by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong. The government aimed to convince the organized labour against proceeding with their planned nationwide strike, which is set to start on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.

The strike was announced in response to the economic difficulties caused by the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.

On Friday, various labor unions and affiliated groups began mobilizing their members to support the proposed strike.

The Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, and the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals have all publicly stated their intentions to participate in the strike.

Additionally, the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions’ Employees have also declared their plans to join. Similarly, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the National Union of Electricity Employees have expressed their commitment to join the strike previously announced on Thursday.

If the strike proceeds as planned, it will have serious repercussions on the nation’s economy, leading to a complete shutdown.

The development occurs at a time when Nigeria is grappling with the devaluation of the Naira in the foreign exchange market, where it is being traded at N985/$ in the parallel market, alongside a significant rise in inflation reaching 25.80% in August.

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