The nationwide strike announced by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), did not come to many as a surprise.

You see, after the recent warning strike, which was targeted at electricity discos, the Organised Labour had promised a total shut down if the Federal Government failed to meet it demands.

Now, that day has come. 

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Nationwide Strike: What NLC, TUC Told Akpabio, Akume

As we speak, the government and the Organised Labour are still in disagreement as regards the new minimum wage.

After several back and forth, the Organised Labour declared a nationwide strike.

That strike began on Monday, June 3, 2024.

The Intervention

Meanwhile, in a last-ditch effort to forestall the indefinite nationwide strike, a crucial meeting was held in Abuja.

There, leaders of the NLC and the TUC met with top government officials and the leadership of the National Assembly.

This intervention by the National Assembly seeks to bridge the impasse between labour unions and the federal government over the contentious issues of a new national minimum wage and the hike in electricity tariffs.

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The President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero was present at the meeting.

A Living Wage

Ajaero underscored the essence of the meeting, stating: “We are not fighting for a starvation wage but a living wage”.

He highlighted that the government must recognise the workers as the backbone of the nation.

These workers are also relatives and constituents of the lawmakers and ministers present.

Ajaero echoed the urgent need for a wage structure that enables Nigerian workers to meet the escalating cost of living without undue hardship.

Also Read: New Minimum Wage: Labour Declares Indefinite Nationwide Strike 

Furthermore, the TUC leader, Festus Osifo, pointed out the exacerbating economic difficulties faced by Nigerians, particularly over the past year.

Indefinite Nationwide Strike

To him, the economic hardship has complicated the process of negotiating fair remuneration for workers.

Osifo noted that the dire economic conditions demand immediate and thoughtful responses to prevent further deterioration of workers’ welfare.

The meeting, initiated by the National Assembly, aimed at bringing both sides to a consensus to avoid the impending strike which could cripple economic activities across the nation.

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