Economic Hardship: NLC to commence two-day warning strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it will commence a two-day nationwide warning strike from Sept. 5 to 6, unless the Federal Government addresses the excruciating suffering of the masses.

NLC President, Joe Ajaero, stated this while addressing newsmen at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the congress yesterday in Abuja.

Ajaero, while reading the communiqué, which was jointly signed by the General Secretary of the Congress, Emmanuel Ugboaja, said the resolutions were reached after exhaustive deliberation. According to him, NEC in session resolved to embark on a total and indefinite shutdown of the nation within 14 working days or 21 days from today.

The NLC also announced that it plans to begin the shutdown of the operations of Air Peace Airline, and other companies in the Aviation sector that were involved in serial violations of the rights of workers in the sector.

The NLC president said this was to ensure freedom of Association and to collectively bargain. He called on communities around the nation to stop taking laws into their hands but report to the authorities for amicable resolution. He also urged the new FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike to desist from threatening poor masses with the demolition of their properties, and focus more on making houses available to the people.

Ajaero said that NEC had deeply analysed the prevailing national sentiment, taking into account the extensive hardships and deprivation afflicting the citizens across all States of the federation.

He also noted that it considered the Government’s deliberate neglect and disregard for engaging with national stakeholders through the channels of social dialogue. “This is a commitment it had solemnly declared during the President’s inaugural address on May 29”, he said.

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