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NLC ends nationwide warning strike, asks Nigerian workers to prepare for indefinite action

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has ended its two-day warning strike over unmet agreements by the federal government on the consequences of fuel subsidy removal.

NLC national president, Comrade Joe Ajaero, announced the end of the strike in a press statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

The union who ordered all workers to workers to resume work today, Thursday, September 6, 2023, however, noted that the warning strike was not the end of the struggle, but a precursor to a possible indefinite nationwide strike later in the month if the government fails to address its demands.

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The labour centre described the warning strike as a success which demonstrated the readiness and resilience of Nigerian workers and citizens to defend their welfare and rights and hold the government accountable to adhere to established statutes.

Ajaero also commended the NLC affiliate unions and state councils for their massive participation in the strike, adding that the message conveyed through the warning strike resonated loudly with the government.


The NLC president said, “As we mark the end of the two-day nationwide warning strike today, at the stroke of midnight, we earnestly call upon you all to gracefully conclude the strike and return to work tomorrow in accordance with our initial agreement.

“We would like to take this moment to express our profound appreciation for your unwavering determination and dedication, which played a pivotal role in the resounding success of this action. Your contributions during this warning strike exemplify your unwavering commitment to our shared cause”.

The NLC urged its members to get set for an indefinite nationwide industrial action in the event where the government fails to meet the workers’ demands.

Ajaero stated: “In the event that the government fails to provide the appropriate responses to our demands, we encourage you to maintain your steadfast resolve. The same passion and determination that fueled this warning strike will be crucial if we find ourselves compelled to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike.

“Congress is not unmindful of the actions of detractors and fifth columnists but in the face of them all, we remain undaunted and more committed to the defense of Nigerian workers and people at any given time. Our nation deserves better.”

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