In a decisive move, the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has chosen to abstain from a last-minute conciliatory meeting called by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, aimed at forestalling the impending two-day warning strike declared by the labor federation.
As reported earlier, only the representatives of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), led by its President, Festus Osifo, attended the meeting, which was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. but commenced at precisely 5:32 p.m.
On Friday, the NLC, in a joint statement signed by its National President, Joe Ajaero, and Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, declared the two-day warning strike in response to what they perceived as the Tinubu-led Federal Government’s failure to engage in dialogue with organized labor and stakeholders regarding measures to alleviate the impact of fuel subsidy removal on Premium Motor Spirit, commonly known as petrol, particularly affecting the “poor masses.”
Previously, in August, organized labor had staged a one-day protest that brought major cities across the nation to a standstill.
In addition to the fuel subsidy issue, the NLC cited several other reasons for mobilizing its members for the impending nationwide shutdown. These include allegations of police siege at the National Union of Road Transport Workers’ national headquarters, reported exploitation of workers’ rights in Imo State, interference in trade union affairs by the Abia State government, and proposed demolition plans by the new Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, among other concerns.