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Subsidy pains: NLC, TUC issue 14-day strike notice

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The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria have jointly given a 14-day strike notice to the Federal Government. This action is due to the government’s failure to implement the agreements reached on October 2, 2023, following the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (petrol). Leaders of the NLC and TUC expressed disappointment at the government’s apparent indifference to the widespread suffering and hardship being experienced across the country. They emphasized that the previous agreement aimed to address the severe economic consequences of the hike in the price of PMS and the devaluation of the naira, which have disproportionately affected the masses and workers in Nigeria.

Despite their reluctance to resort to such measures, the unions felt compelled to issue the ultimatum as a result of the persistent neglect of the welfare of citizens and workers. Effective February 9, the two labor unions stated that the Federal Government has 14 days to honor its part of the understanding. They highlighted the urgency of the situation and the need to protect and defend the rights and dignity of Nigerian workers and citizens.

Among other unfulfilled promises, the Federal Government had committed to implementing a N35,000 wage award for civil servants, which remains unpaid to date.

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