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NLC, TUC issue 14-day nationwide strike notice to FG

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NLC: Organized labour said its national minimum wage negotiation would be base on the current economic reality

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have issued a 14-day nationwide strike warning to the federal government.

Their grievance is that the 16-point agreement reached between organized labor (NLC and TUC) and the Federal Government on October 2, 2023, has not been implemented.

Leaders of the NLC and TUC are disappointed that, despite organized labor’s attempts to maintain industrial peace, the government appears unconcerned about widespread suffering and misery.

The October 2 agreement was “focused on addressing the massive suffering and the general harsh socioeconomic consequences of the ill-conceived and ill-executed IMF/World Bank-induced hike in the price of PMS and the devaluation of the naira. These dual policies have had, as we predicted, dire economic consequences for the masses and workers of Nigeria.”

NLC and TUC, in a statement, lamented that “it is regrettable that we are compelled to resort to such measures, but the persistent neglect of the welfare of citizens and Nigerian workers and the massive hardship leave us with no choice.”

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Effective February 9 (tomorrow), among other things, the two Labour unions stated, “Constrained by this development and recognizing the urgency of the situation and the imperative of ensuring the protection and defense of the rights and dignity of Nigerian workers and citizens, the NLC and TUC hereby issue a stern ultimatum to the Federal Government to honor their part of the understanding within 14 days from tomorrow, the 9th day of February 2024.”

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