Why NLC and TUC suspended the planned Nationwide strike

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Why NLC and TUC suspended the planned Nationwide strike

Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, yesterday enlightened the public on the reasons behind their decision to cancel the planned nationwide strike.

NLC and TUC had earlier decided to go on a nationwide strike because of the removal of fuel subsidy.

After an emergency National Executive Council(NEC) meeting yesterday, the president of NLC, Mr Joe Ajaero, and General Secretary, Emma Ugboaja, revealed that the mood of the nation, the need to pursue national stability and the restraining order obtained by the Federal Government from the National Industrial Court, NIC, are the reasons for the decision to shelve the planned industrial action.

A statement issued at the end of the meeting, accused the NIC of continuous prejudice. They stated that the NIC is always working with the Government to truncate their efforts to enhance better working conditions for workers.

The statement signed by both Ajaero and Ugboaja recalled that the previous NEC-in-Session had ordered a nationwide withdrawal of services and mass protest over the petroleum price hike by the Federal Government, whereas the government was in breach of the 2023 Appropriation Act, insisting that the NLC will not encourage lawlessness.

The statement read: “Taking into account that the Federal Government has procured a court injunction restraining congress from proceeding with the proposed nationwide strike as the NEC-in-session had ordered to begin, Wednesday, June 7, 2023, and recognizing the willingness of government for continuous engagement through dialogue and to offer reasonable palliatives in due course to cushion the effect of its policies, some levels of understanding were reached.

He continued:

“Considering the mood of the socio-polity of the last elections and the need to pursue national stability and, the NEC-in-session also resolved to commend and applaud the diligence of the congress’ leadership in carrying out the assignment given to it by NEC.

‘’It demonstrated to the Federal Government the need to comply with the laws of the land, especially as it concerns obedience to the ruling of courts and their brazen disregard for the 2023 Appropriation Act.

“NEC-in session, therefore, supports and accepts the decision of the leadership of Congress to suspend the proposed strike in compliance with the flawed rulings of the NIC and also allow negotiations to flow freely and enable final agreement during or after June 19, 2023, negotiation round with the Federal Government.

‘’In that case, there was no need to proceed with any industrial action. The essence of an ultimatum is to get the government’s attention to present our demands which we did. In any case, it is not over. We are meeting on June 19 to review the situation.”

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