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JUST IN: Tinubu’s government begs for 2 weeks’ grace as TUC opts out of NLC warning strike

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The Federal Government under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed for a 2 week grace period to finalise the demands made by organized labour following the recently announced strike.

This was disclosed by Mr Simon Lalong after a closed-door meeting with the Trade Union Congress(TUC) on Monday in Abuja.

The Minister noted that the meeting aims to avert the proposed nationwide warning strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

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Lalong also noted that the Tinubu administration plans to address those issues within the period of two weeks and come back for further discussion.

His statement partly reads; “Some of the issues we discussed are those that are very urgent. There are some that will require a long span of time. This was the basis of our discussion.


“We agreed that there should be no strike within the two-week period while we are doing our deliberations and working towards realising some of these objectives.

Meanwhile, after the meeting, the Trade Union Congress, TUC said it will not take part in the nationwide warning strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), scheduled to begin Tuesday.

President of the TUC, Comrade Festus Osifo urged the NLC to intensify dialogue with the government, an approach it has adopted.

“As of today, the need to embark on a nationwide strike hasn’t arisen hence the leadership of congress should intensify the conversation with the government so that all grey areas identified could be ironed out within the time frame given,” Osifo said.

The NLC declared last week that its members will embark on the warning strike from today, Wednesday, September 5, 2023.

In three weeks’ time, it will then embark on a general strike to protest the rising cost of living, after the government scrapped a petrol subsidy that cost the government about $10 billion yearly.

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The Unions went on strike a month ago, but suspended their action following an offer of talks with the government, but those talks did not result in concessions sufficient to placate organised labour.

“The federal government has refused to engage and reach agreement with organized labour on the critical issues of the consequences of the unfortunate hike in the price of petrol which has unleashed massive suffering on Nigerian workers and masses,” Union leader Joe Ajaero said.

The NLC rebuffed talks with the new labour minister, Simon Lalong on Monday, as it said it will embark on the warning strike, preparatory for “total and indefinite shutdown of the nation” later in the month.

Ajaero insisted the strike can only be averted whensteps are taken by the government to address the “excruciating mass suffering and impoverishment being experienced around the country”.

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