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TUC pulls out of NLC planned protest

TUC pulls out of NLC planned protest

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has clarified its position regarding the planned street protest against economic hardship by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

TUC President, Festus Osifo, emphasized that TUC was not part of the decision to embark on the protest and stressed the need for clear agreements before joint actions are taken.

Osifo explained that TUC's initial engagement with the government focused on pressing issues such as wage awards, salary increases, and other agreements reached in October 2023.

The protest called by NLC, however, was unrelated to these earlier agreements. He underscored the importance of consensus and joint decision-making in trade union actions, emphasizing that TUC was not involved in the process leading to the protest declaration.

Instead of joining the protest, TUC outlined several solution demands for the government to address the economic challenges facing Nigeria.

These demands include determining the real value of the Naira, implementing a new minimum wage, curbing currency speculation, supporting local industries, and enhancing security measures to encourage farming activities.

Furthermore, Osifo highlighted the importance of immediate, medium-term, and long-term solutions to address Nigeria's economic woes. He urged the government to prioritize feasible and practical solutions, emphasizing that even the implementation of one solution could significantly alleviate the current high cost of living.

Regarding the earlier 14-day ultimatum jointly issued by TUC and NLC, Osifo provided insights into the rationale behind the ultimatum and the subsequent engagements with the government.

He explained that the ultimatum was issued due to the government's failure to implement agreed-upon measures, such as wage awards and refinery visits. However, he noted some progress made by the government in resolving certain issues within the ultimatum period, such as payments to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN).

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