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Workers issue 14-day strike notice, urge FG to address pending agreements

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have delivered a 14-day ultimatum to the federal government, signaling the potential for another bout of nationwide strike.

The unions cite the unimplemented 16-point agreement reached on October 2, 2023 as the key point of contention.

The TUC and NLC leaderships lamented the government’s neglect of the widespread suffering and challenges faced by citizens, despite efforts to maintain industrial harmony.

The unions argue that the agreed-upon measures to alleviate the economic hardships have not been put into effect, prompting this decisive move.

In a joint statement, the unions reiterated the agreement’s focus on mitigating the adverse socioeconomic consequences of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank (IMF/WB)-induced fuel price hike and currency devaluation, emphasizing the dire economic impact on the populace and workers, pointing to the necessity of their action.

While expressing regrets for the need to take such drastic steps, the TUC and NLC emphasized their commitment to defending the rights and dignity of Nigerian workers and citizens.

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The 14-day ultimatum, effective tomorrow, February 9, 2024, serves as a clear warning to the FG to address the pending agreements or face the prospect of a nationwide strike, the unions said.

Joke Kujenya
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