The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned that there will be no further warning before the next strike if the federal government does not fulfill its current agreement with the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC). NLC President Joe Ajaero stated that the government had been given enough time to address the economic challenges in the country, and if it fails to do so within the agreed timeframe, another strike will commence.
The NLC recently suspended its planned indefinite strike following the signing of a 15-point Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the labor unions and the federal government. The strike was initially planned due to the removal of fuel subsidies, the crisis in the foreign exchange market, and their impact on Nigerian workers and the general population.
Ajaero emphasized that if the government fails to meet the agreed-upon terms within the one-month period, the NLC will return to its organs and evaluate the progress made. He clarified that the strike had been suspended, not canceled, and further actions would be based on the level of compliance and efforts to honor the agreements.
The NLC has urged the government to fulfill its promises, particularly in areas such as the implementation of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, salary awards, and cash transfers. Ajaero noted that the labor movement would work to ensure that the gains achieved would benefit all sectors, including the private sector, local governments, and state workers.
The labor leader stressed the importance of operationalizing the agreements reached, which would have a positive impact on the Nigerian economy if properly implemented. He emphasized the need for trust and commitment from the government to address the concerns of Nigerian workers and the general public.