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Organized labour suspends indefinite strike at 11th hour

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The Organized labour suspended the planned indefinite nationwide strike earlier scheduled to begin today at the 11th hour yesterday.

The decision is to give the federal government time to implement spelled-out programmes aimed at cushioning the hardship caused by the removal of fuel subsidies.

“The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have jointly suspended the indefinite strike billed for October 3, 2023, following the removal of fuel subsidies.” John K. Ikemefuna said in a statement.

Ikemefuna said, “It would be recalled that the Nigeria Labour Congress had directed its affiliate member unions across the country to mobilise and shut down the country following the refusal of the government to adhere to the seven-point demand made by the NLC and the TUC to ameliorate the suffering of the teeming Nigerian workers and the impoverished masses of the country.”

“After the outcome of the emergency meeting summoned today, October 2, 2023, between the federal government and labour leaders was held, the NLC and TUC jointly agreed to suspend the strike to allow for the implementation of the NLC demands.

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“Consequently, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC had directed that all its affiliate members should direct their members to return to work tomorrow, October 3, 2023, as the planned indefinite strike has been suspended.

All maritime industry employees should report to work, as the NLC has instructed, said Comrade Adeyanju, NLC Deputy President.

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