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NLC Mounts Pressure for Nationwide Strike, Urges Immediate Rollback of Petrol Price

NLC Issues Ultimatum to Reverse Anti-Poor Policies

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has given a stern warning to President Bola Tinubu, demanding that his administration reverses all “anti-poor” policies, including the recent hike in the price of petrol. In a communique released by the NLC after their Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Tuesday, the labor union stated that if the Federal Government fails to comply within seven days, they will commence an indefinite strike starting from Wednesday, August 2, 2023.

The communique, co-signed by NLC President Joe Ajaero and General Secretary Emmanuel Ugboaja, expressed the NLC’s frustration with the government’s treatment of the Nigerian people. Referring to President Tinubu’s speech on May 29, 2023, where he declared that subsidy on petrol is permanently removed, the NLC criticized the government for disregarding the welfare of its citizens and treating them as slaves.

The NLC highlighted various grievances, including the frustrations faced in activating alternative options to Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and the recent increase in the price of petrol to 617 naira per liter. They accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) of manipulating fuel prices under the guise of deregulation. The NLC also expressed doubts about the government’s commitment to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

The labor union presented a list of demands that included the immediate reversal of the anti-poor policies, such as the petrol price hike and increased public school fees. They also demanded the release of eight months’ withheld salary for university lecturers and workers. Additionally, the NLC called for the immediate inauguration of the Presidential Steering Committee.

The NLC concluded by issuing a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to meet their demands. If their demands are not met, they will organize and lead mass protest rallies across the country to express their outrage against the government’s actions and policies.

The NLC’s communique clarifies their stance and sets the stage for a potential nationwide strike, should the government fail to meet their demands within the given timeframe.

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