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NLC Ends Nationwide Strike, Urges Workers To Resume On Thursday

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The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has concluded its two-day nationwide warning strike today, and urged workers to resume work on Thursday.

The labour union had on Tuesday embarked on a warning strike to register its displeasure over the economic hardships faced by Nigerians as a result of the petrol subsidy removal by President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

The warning strike was to send a clear message to the government about labour union’s determination to fight for the right of Nigerian workers who are bearing the brunt of the skyrocketing costs of things in the country.

The union successfully executed the strike nationwide despite the warning from the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, who cautioned that it would worsen the plight of ordinary citizens. The NLC, however, remained undeterred, as it seeks to address the economic hardships plaguing the country.

The NLC in a letter to its affiliates and Chairpersons of State Councils, dated September 6, 2023, commended them for the massive support and efforts to achieve the goal set during its National Executive Council (NEC), where the decision for the strike was taken.

NLC in the letter signed by the National President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said the warning strike sent out a strong message to the government about the feelings of Nigerian workers on the recent developments.

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The letter read: “We write to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our dedicated Affiliates, State Councils, and esteemed members for their unwavering support and active participation in the recent two-day nationwide warning strike.

“This collective effort was undertaken to emphasize our strong conviction that the government should prioritize the welfare of our citizens and adhere to our established statutes.

“We are pleased to report that, thanks to your resolute commitment, we have made significant strides in achieving the goals set during our National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which prompted the initiation of this warning strike.

“It is abundantly clear that our united message has resonated loudly with the government, and it would take a truly inattentive ear not to hear it.

“As we mark the end of the two-day nationwide warning strike today, at the stroke of midnight, we earnestly call upon you all to gracefully conclude the strike and return to work tomorrow, in accordance with our initial agreement.

“We would like to take this moment to express our profound appreciation for your unwavering determination and dedication, which played a pivotal role in the resounding success of this action.”

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“Your contributions during this warning strike exemplify your unwavering commitment to our shared cause.”

The labour union further stated that if the government fails to respond accordingly, they might be compelled to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike.

It noted that the union is not unmindful of the actions of detractors and fifth columnists but remain undaunted and more committed to the defense of Nigerian workers and people at any given time.

The nationwide strike saw active participation of 52 affiliate unions of the NLC, including the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN), National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAN), and National Association of Air Pilots and Engineers (NAPE).


Caleb Ifeanyi Onah, PBA Journalism Mentee
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