The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria have given a 14-day countrywide strike notice to the Federal Government over its failure to implement the agreements reached on October 2, 2023, following the removal of the subsidy on petrol termed Premium Motor Spirit.
The leaders of the NLC and TUC expressed their dissatisfaction with the government’s indifference towards the widespread suffering and hardship across the nation, despite organized labor’s efforts to maintain industrial peace.
The October 2 agreement aimed to address the extensive suffering and severe socioeconomic consequences resulting from the increase in the price of petrol and the devaluation of the naira, both influenced by the IMF/World Bank. These policies have had severe economic repercussions for the people and workers of Nigeria as predicted by the unions’ statement on Thursday.
The unions expressed regret over being forced to take such measures, attributing it to the persistent neglect of citizens’ welfare and the immense hardship faced by Nigerian workers. Effective February 9, the two labor unions announced the issuance of a stern ultimatum to the Federal Government, demanding the fulfillment of their part of the understanding within 14 days from February 9, 2024.
The Federal Government had committed to the implementation of a N35,000 wage award for civil servants, which however remains unpaid to date.