Abuja, July 26, 2023 – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a stern ultimatum of seven days to the Federal Government, demanding the reversal of what it perceives as anti-poor policies, including the recent increase in the pump price of petrol. Failure to meet these demands within the stipulated timeframe will result in an indefinite nationwide strike set to commence on August 2.
Following a meeting of the NLC’s Central Working Committee on Tuesday, July 25, at Abuja Labour House, the decision to take this course of action was unanimously reached. The NLC has also instructed all its affiliates and state councils to commence immediate mobilization of workers and other Nigerians, including civil society allies, in preparation for an extended strike and mass protests, should the government fail to address their concerns.
The recent hike in fuel prices and other perceived anti-poor policies have sparked outrage among workers and citizens across the country. The NLC believes that these measures place a heavy burden on the already struggling populace and demand a reversal to alleviate the hardships faced by the ordinary Nigerian.
The impending nationwide strike poses a significant challenge to the Federal Government, and it remains to be seen how the government will respond to the NLC’s demands and avert the planned industrial action.
In light of the potential impact on the nation’s economy and citizens, both parties are urged to engage in constructive dialogue to find a solution that will address the grievances of workers while ensuring stability and progress in the country. The eyes of the nation are now on the government as the ultimatum countdown begins.