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Petrol Subsidy Removal: NLC Issues Two-Day Warning Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, has called for a two-day warning strike and accused the federal government of giving up on negotiations in reaction to the effects the elimination of the fuel subsidy will have on Nigerians.

In retaliation for the Federal Government’s failure to address the issues Nigerians are facing as a result of the loss of subsidies, the strike is set to begin on Tuesday, September 5.

NLC President Joe Ajaero stated this during a news conference on Friday at the Labour House in Abuja in regard to decisions reached at the NEC meeting the day before.

The Federal Government is accused of giving up on negotiations and neglecting to put into effect some of the choices made at earlier sessions with the government, according to the labor union.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced the end of gasoline subsidies in his inaugural address on May 29. This quickly led to an increase in the price of fuel, travel, and other essentials in Nigeria.

On August 2, organized labor protested these purported anti-people actions of Tinubu’s administration as a result.

The National Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and their affiliate unions organized protests in several states, including Lagos, Abia, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Rivers, Zamfara, Katsina, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kwara, Ogun, Imo, Ondo, and Edo, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Following the demonstration, organized labor groups gave the government a seven-day deadline in which they must “immediately reverse all anti-poor policies of the federal government, including the recent increase in PMS (Premium Motor Spirit) price, increase in public school fees, and release the eight months’ worth of withheld wages for university lecturers and employees.”

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The union claims that after the President’s inaugural address on May 29, 2023, in which he proclaimed that “subsidy is gone,” Nigerians have lost their sense of security and are now clamoring for an increase in the minimum salary from N30,000 to N200,000.

Numerous talks between the Presidency and the unions to discuss relief measures for Nigerians who are struggling financially as a result of the removal of the petrol subsidy were unsuccessful.

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