Fuel subsidy removal: labour threatens nationwide 14-day strike 

By Kunle Sanni

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

The labour unions stated that the strike will begin tomorrow, February 9.

They accused the federal government of not carrying out the deal that was reached in October.

“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.”

“Constrained by this development and recognising the urgency of the situation and the imperative of ensuring the protection and defence of the rights and dignity of Nigerian workers and citizens, the NLC and TUC hereby issue a stern ultimatum to the Federal Government to honour their part of the understanding within 14 days from tomorrow, the 9th day of February 2024.

Last October, the organised labour had signed a 15-point memorandum of understanding with the Federal Government.

Part of the agreement was for the federal government to grant a wage award of N35,000 (thirty-five thousand Naira) only to all Federal Government workers beginning from the month of September pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have been signed into law.

Also, it was agreed that the setting up of a minimum wage committee shall be inaugurated within one month from the date of this agreement.

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