TUC pulls out of planned two-days strike

In a significant turn of events, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has decided to step back from participating in the two-day warning strike declared by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) scheduled for September 5th and 6th. This decision was officially communicated by the President of the TUC, Festus Osifo, following a crucial meeting held with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, on the evening of September 4.

President Osifo, speaking on behalf of the TUC, disclosed that the Congress has chosen to give the Federal government a two-week grace period to effectively distribute palliatives. This decision underscores the TUC’s commitment to resolving the ongoing issues through diplomatic means.

“In light of the President being out of the country and the upcoming federal executive meeting scheduled for next week, during which the workers’ demands will be presented for approval, the TUC has decided to accept the two-week timeline proposed by the government,” stated President Osifo.

The union expressed its willingness to engage in further discussions with the federal government, emphasizing the need to address all outstanding concerns within the provided timeframe. They also stressed that beyond this period, they could not guarantee the preservation of industrial harmony.

This development reflects the TUC’s pragmatic approach to addressing workers’ concerns, opting for dialogue and negotiations as the primary means of seeking resolutions while maintaining the possibility of industrial action should the need arise in the future. The decision serves as a testament to the ongoing efforts to foster cooperation between labor unions and the government for the benefit of all stakeholders.