It is possible that some Nigerian workers may have started preparations for a long holiday this Christmas. 

This is because there is a circular allegedly signed by the General Secretary of the NLC, Comrade Emma Ugbaja, and the Secretary General of the TUC, Comrade Nuhu Toro, circulating on social media directing the affiliate unions to withdraw their services on December 18.


Well, sorry to break it to you. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has described that circular as “absolutely fake”.

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I’m sure you know what that means.

That circular was addressed to the state councils of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) affiliate unions.


It was a reminder of a strike to begin on December 18, 2023.

The Decision

However, the circular with the logo of the two labour unions entitled: “NLC/TUC Nationwide Strike: A Gentle Reminder” did not state the reason for the purported strike.

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It read: “In furtherance to the decision of the Joint National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC and TUC.


“All workers in Nigeria are hereby directed to withdraw their services effective 12:00 midnight the of 18th December 2023.

“Consequently, all affiliates and state councils of NLC/TUC are directed to issue circulars for maximum compliance.


“These circulars must be made available to the National Secretariats or posted to the NEC and CWC WhatsApp Platforms.

Fake Circular

“While we shall update you with developments as they unfold, do remain assured of our commitment to Nigerian workers and people”.

However, the General Secretary of the NLC, Comrade Emma Ugbaja spoke on the authenticity of the circular.

Ugbaja denied knowledge of any proposed strike on Monday.

Also, he described the purported memo as “absolutely fake”.

Furthermore, he advised workers to ignore the circular on social media as it did not emanate from the two labour centers.


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