Monday Showdown: Federal Government to Meet Labor as NLC Forges Ahead with Tuesday Strike
In a determined bid to avert the looming Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) warning strike set for Tuesday and Wednesday, the Federal Government has expressed its readiness to engage in talks with the labor union on Monday.
However, the NLC remains resolute in its decision to proceed with the two-day warning strike, asserting its willingness to negotiate with the government despite previous disappointments.
Several state chapters of the NLC have signaled their preparedness to go forward with the strike, while others intend to convene their executive committees on Monday as a prelude to the industrial action.
The NLC, in a communiqué co-signed by President Joe Ajaero and National Secretary Emmanuel Ugboaja, announced the nationwide strike as a response to the government’s failure to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding the removal of petrol subsidy and its impact on the underprivileged.
The union cited multiple grievances, including the government’s abandonment of negotiations and its failure to implement prior resolutions. In response, the NLC’s National Executive Council (NEC) resolved to embark on an indefinite nationwide shutdown if the government fails to address the nation’s widespread suffering and impoverishment within 14 working days or 21 days from the declaration date.
Among the reasons for the strike, the NLC pointed to police actions against the National Union of Road Transport Workers, workers’ rights violations in Imo State, interference in trade union affairs by the Abia State Government, and the proposed demolition of houses by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, among other issues.
Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, expressed hope that the warning strike could be averted through ongoing discussions, acknowledging that the new minister was just beginning to engage with the NLC. He indicated that tensions had lessened, and further negotiations were underway.
Regarding the 21-day strike planned for later in the month if an agreement isn’t reached, Idris remained confident that a resolution would be found before that stage.
However, the NLC countered, stating that the government had not officially invited them to any meetings and accused the government of avoiding dialogue.
In various states, NLC chapters have begun mobilizing their members in preparation for the strike, emphasizing their commitment to pursuing the rights and interests of Nigerians.
These developments highlight the growing tension and dissatisfaction between the labor union and the government, underscoring the need for effective dialogue and resolution of critical issues affecting the populace.