According to the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Labour Unions have suspended their indefinite strike to allow the President Bola Tinubu-led administration to fulfil the conditions outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Federal Government and the Organised Labour.
The MoU, which was made public on October 1, 2023, had a 15-point agreement signed by organised labour and the federal government.
Remember that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) called off their planned strike for Tuesday, October 3, 2023, after meeting with Federal Government officials at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Due to the consequences of the fuel subsidy removal and the failure of the government to meet its demands., organised labour has prepared to shut down the country.
Tommy Etim, the National Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress, told The PUNCH on Sunday that the suspension of the October countrywide strike was only a temporary measure.
He also refuted governors’ allegation that they would not implement the requests in the Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Government and organised labour, arguing that governors had already implemented palliatives for state government personnel and residents before the MoU was signed.
Etim stated, “That is not possible. Anyway, the truth is that we have reached out to our people in the states to meet with them. Letters have also been sent to that effect.”
On the progress reached so far with the government, the labour leader said, “The 30-day ultimatum we gave to them is still in place. We have given them time and we are sure they are working. What we did was just a suspension. When you suspend a strike, you can kickstart it without further notice. We have done our part and we are waiting for them to play their part.”
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