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NLC to decide on indefinite strike on Tuesday

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has fixed Tuesday, September 26, for its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting to decide on a date for the commencement of the nationwide strike over petrol subsidy removal and associated matters.

Politics Nigeria reports that this would be the fourth proposed strike since June this year.

The threat of industrial action follows the expiration of NLC’s 21-day ultimatum for the government to address the mass suffering and the impoverishment experienced around the country, occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy.

A top NLC official who craved anonymity said the union has sent a circular inviting NEC members to Tuesday’s meeting by noon to decide on the day members would embark on the indefinite nationwide strike.

The NLC official said the NEC would x-ray whether the government has met any significant portion of their demands, saying if nothing tangible is brought out, Nigerians should be ready for an indefinite nationwide strike.

“Every worker in Nigeria would go on strike. The only thing to make it stop is compliance with the demands that NLC issued to the federal government,” the office said.

The official also expressed displeasure over Police invasion and occupation of the headquarters of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

He noted that while NURTW officers have been released, the police are still occupying the headquarters of the union in Abuja and “imposing on the union their own cloned leadership”.

He maintained that the move was not only undemocratic but against the status and convention of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) as well as extant laws of Nigeria.

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