NLC Gives Nationwide Strike Notice for August 2nd

Jesse Voyamba

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the President Bola Tinubu-led government. The ultimatum calls for an immediate reversal of all policies deemed detrimental to the masses, signalling the labour organisation’s strong stance on pressing for changes that align with the interests and welfare of the people.

Among the policies at the centre of the Nigeria Labour Congress’s ultimatum are the recent surge in the pump price of petrol and the proposed hike in electricity tariff. The impact of the petrol price increase has already resulted in significant hardships for Nigerians, with food commodity prices soaring to unprecedented levels. This situation has raised serious concerns about the well-being of the populace. It has further fueled the urgency behind the labour organisation’s call for swift action to address these pressing issues.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a resolute declaration, stating its intention to initiate a nationwide strike commencing from August 2 if the government does not swiftly backtrack on the contentious policies, most notably the removal of fuel subsidy that has consequently led to escalating prices of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol).

Furthermore, the NLC has called upon its affiliates and state councils to mobilise workers, civil society organisations, and fellow citizens to participate in sustained strike action and mass protests.

The planned mass action will be set in motion should the government fail to meet the demands put forth by the labour organisation.

With a court order prohibiting the NLC from going on strike, it is unclear how this will turn out.