The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is poised to commence an indefinite nationwide strike unless the federal government meets their stipulated requirements.
Expressing concern, the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, stated on Monday that the government has not honored its commitments or demonstrated sufficient dedication since implementing the fuel subsidy removal policy.
As per reports by Naija News, subsequent to President Bola Tinubu’s fuel subsidy removal on May 29, labor leaders are calling for an assessment of the minimum wage, a viable plan for the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) as an alternative, rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries, and other initiatives to alleviate the economic strain caused by the rise in petrol prices.
However, with negotiations between the NLC and the government, led by Labour Minister Simon Lalong, at an impasse on Monday, Ajaero conveyed that if the government does not respond to their demands, the workers may have no choice but to initiate an indefinite strike.
Nonetheless, Ajaero emphasized that the situation could still be resolved within the current week if the government demonstrates genuine commitment. The ultimatum concludes at the week’s end.
“We acknowledge that the Federal Government has been given ample time over the past four months. Even with a commitment, we anticipate that issues will be resolved between now and the next four days,” Ajaero remarked during an interview on Channels TV on Monday.
“We remain hopeful that Minister Simon Lalong will collaborate with us in these upcoming days to ensure a resolution of the issue.”
Regarding potential further negotiations, Ajaero affirmed that the NLC is prepared to participate if invited by the government.