CITIZENS COMPASS —THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) haa announced the commencement of a two-day warning strike on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.
The labour union said this is in preparation for a total shutdown which will commence in 21 days time.
The announcement was made at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting which was held on Friday.
NLC released a communiqué jointly signed by its National President, Joe Ajaero, and Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja which said it decided to take the decisions following the failure of the Tinubu-led Federal Government to dialogue and engage stakeholders within the organised labour on efforts to cushion the effects of the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol on the “poor masses”.
Already, the organised labour, in August, staged a one-day protest which grounded activities in major cities across the country.
While listing some of the other reasons why it would mobilise its members for the nationwide shutdown, the centre accused the police of laying siege to the national headquarters of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, alleged exploitation of the rights of workers in Imo State, interference in trade union matters by the Abia State Government, proposed demolition by the new minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, among others.
On the resolutions it took, the NLC NEC resolved, “To embark on a total and indefinite shutdown of the nation within 14 working days or 21 days from today until steps are taken by the government to address the excruciating mass suffering and impoverishment being experienced around the country.
To commence a two-day nationwide warning strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 5th and 6th of September, 2023, to demonstrate our readiness for the indefinite strike later in the month and to also demand that the state vacates the illegally occupied National Headquarters of the National Union of Road Transport Workers.
“To embark on a mass protest and rally in Imo State within this month of September 2023 in preparation for a major shutdown of the state to compel the state government to stop the abuse and violation of the rights and privileges of workers and trade unions in the state.
“To begin the shutdown of the operations of Air Peace Airline and other companies in the aviation sector that are involved in serial violation of the rights of workers in the sector.
“To call on communities around the nation to stop taking laws into their hands but report to the authorities for amicable resolution any matter involving members of the Amalgamated Union of Food Stuffs and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria which is one of our affiliates.
“To demand that the new Minister of the Federal Capital Territory desist from threatening poor masses in the FCT with demolition of their properties built from their years of toil but should focus more on making houses available to the people.”
Efforts to get the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Simon Lalong, and the spokesperson of the ministry, Olajide Oshundun, failed as messages and calls to their phones remained unanswered as of the time of filing this report.