Fresh Strike Looms As NLC’s Ultimatum Expires Today

As the ultimatum given by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to the Federal Government regarding the removal of subsidy on petrol expires, the leadership of the Congress is set to meet next week to determine when to commence an indefinite nationwide strike.

Reports indicate that Vice President Senator Kashim Shettima has been engaging with members of the government team to find ways to avert the strike. The Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, alongside the Vice President, are working on a package, including wage awards, to present to the NLC leadership.

The NLC had previously embarked on a two-day nationwide warning strike to protest government insensitivity to the sufferings of Nigerians, especially workers, due to the subsidy removal. The National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC had issued a 21-day ultimatum from September 1, 2023, for the government to address the suffering and impoverishment faced by Nigerians, threatening an indefinite strike if their demands were not met.

Following the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum, critical organs of the NLC are scheduled to meet next week to decide on the indefinite strike and its modalities if the government fails to alleviate the suffering and hardship of Nigerians.

While efforts are being made by the government team to avert the strike through negotiations and possible concessions, the NLC leadership has reiterated that they won’t participate in any meeting unless there are tangible packages for the workers. The situation remains tense as both parties work towards a resolution.