The Federal Government says its prepared to meet with the labour union on Monday in a last-ditch bid to avert the warning strike that the Nigeria Labour Congress has scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The workers union, while breaking its prior promises, insisted that the two-day warning strike could not be reversed. However, it also stated that it was still open to dialogue with the administration.
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Several state chapters of the NLC have already stated that they are prepared to go on strike, while others have stated that their executive committee will meet on Monday to prepare for the strike.
The NLC stated in a statement co-signed by its President Joe Ajaero and National Secretary Emmanuel Ugboaja on Friday that the decision to go on a nationwide strike followed the President Bola Tinubu-led government’s failure to engage in dialogue with organised labour on efforts to mitigate the effects of the removal of the petrol subsidy on the “poor masses”.
Regarding additional justifications for the strike, it accused the police of besieging the National Union of Road Transport Workers’ national headquarters, of violating the rights and privileges of workers and trade unions in Imo State, interfering with trade union affairs on the part of the Abia State Government, and threatening to demolish homes on the part of Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.
On August 2, organised labour held a one-day protest against the country’s economic suffering, which caused numerous states and the FCT to suspend operations.
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