JUST IN: NLC announces date for Nationwide strike, issues fresh demands

NLC begins indefinite strike in Oyo State

The Federal Government has been given a seven-day deadline by the Nigeria Labour Congress, or NLC, to reverse any perceived anti-poor measures, such as the most recent increase in the price of petrol at the pump, or face an indefinite nationwide strike beginning on August 2.

As a result, the NLC has ordered all of its affiliates and state councils to start organizing employees and other Nigerians—including supporters from civil society—for a protracted strike and large-scale demonstrations should its demands not be met.

It was gathered that the step was one of the decisions reached at NLC’s Central Working Committee, CWC, meeting held Tuesday, July 25, at Abuja Labour House.

This is coming days after the Trade Union Congress, TUC gave the federal government a two-week ultimatum to reach an agreement on negotiations or face workers’ protest.

Recall that the TUC had threatened that if after August 19, nothing tangible was concluded, it will be compelled to take further action to protect workers and the masses of the country from being subjected to unending hardship.

The TUC President, Comrade Festus Osifor said that the union was not happy that the negotiations have not proceeded with the anticipated speed, adding that the organised labour has summed up their demand under three key areas, including; deployment of alternative to the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) such as CNG, providing palliatives and reduction in cost of governance.

He said that technical committees have been set to look into various aspects of the demands by Labour, regretting that at the last meeting of the negotiating team last Thursday, not much has been achieved.

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