On Tuesday (today), the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will make a critical decision over its proposed indefinite strike at the union's emergency National Executive Council (NEC).
The congress' General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, appealed to the presidents, general secretaries, and treasurers of its affiliates to join the virtual session in a meeting notice dated September 22, 2023.
The NEC is made up of all of the NLC's associate union presidents, general secretaries, treasurers, state chairpersons and secretaries of the NLC state councils, the chairperson of the NLC Youth Committee, and members of the National Administrative Council.
On September 5 and 6, the NLC held a two-day warning strike in preparation for an indefinite strike to press its demands.
The congress's 21-day ultimatum expired last Friday, prompting the union to call an emergency meeting of its NEC on Tuesday.
Wage increases, palliative care, tax breaks and allowances for public sector workers, and a revision of the minimum wage were among the union's demands.
According to a union official, the congress may adopt dramatic measures to force the FG to return to the negotiating table.
According to the top official, the NLC is still standing firm on its demands from the federal government, and the NEC meeting will determine if the strike is imminent or not.
“It is for the government to do the right thing; the government has been given a long time to act, and it is four months since the petrol subsidy was removed.
‘’It is only private sector employers who were telling the government to reach an agreement with us, and they were also kicking against the strike because they are apprehensive any labour action will affect them, but it is going to affect everybody, not just the private sector.
‘’The private sector employers have refused to give wage awards, saying that they want the Federal Government to lead the way.
"Therefore, they should have asked the Federal Government to lead the way.
’However, because the employers have refused to pay, they are waiting for the Federal Government, and they are happy that the Federal Government has not met NLC's demands.’’