Abuja, Nigeria – September 26, 2023
In a joint press briefing held on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) President, Festus Osifo, announced an indefinite strike set to commence on October 3. The strike, fueled by grievances over the removal of petrol subsidy and government inaction, is expected to disrupt economic activities across Nigeria.
In a strongly worded communique read by the two labor union Presidents, they cited the government’s alleged insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians and its failure to provide relief measures as key reasons for their decision to initiate the strike.
The removal of the petrol subsidy has been a contentious issue in Nigeria, with citizens feeling the pinch of rising fuel prices. The labor unions have accused the government of lacking the initiative to implement palliative measures to cushion the economic impact on the people.
As a result, Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo have advised Nigerians to prepare for the strike’s repercussions by stockpiling essential goods. They anticipate that the industrial action will bring about significant disruptions to daily life and the nation’s economy.
The impending strike has raised concerns about the potential consequences for businesses, public services, and the well-being of ordinary Nigerians. It remains to be seen how the government will respond to the unions’ demands and whether negotiations can avert the impending labor unrest.
The NLC and TUC’s decision to call for an indefinite strike marks a significant development in the ongoing struggle between labor unions and the government over economic policies and subsidies. Nigerians will be closely watching the situation as the nation braces itself for a period of uncertainty and disruption starting on October 3.