NUC, JUC Suspend Planned Strike, To Meet June 19

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has confirmed that it will no longer proceed with its nationwide strike planned for Wednesday. This decision was announced after a lengthy meeting between the Federal Government, NLC, and key labor stakeholders at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. The meeting, which was the third in a series of discussions, aimed to address various issues following the discontinuation of petroleum subsidy by President Bola Tinubu.

During the meeting, it was agreed that the NLC would immediately suspend the strike notice to allow for further consultations. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and NLC will continue their engagements with the Federal Government to reach a final resolution. A meeting is scheduled for June 19, 2023, for the labor centers and the government to agree on an implementation plan.

Additionally, a joint committee consisting of the Federal Government, TUC, and NLC will be established to review proposals for wage increases or awards, setting up a framework and timeline for implementation. The $800 million World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme will also be reviewed to consider including low-income earners in the program.

Other resolutions include the review and implementation of the CNG conversion program, addressing issues in the education sector, completing the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries, and developing frameworks for road maintenance and expanding rail networks nationwide. The joint committee will assess all other demands submitted by the TUC to the Federal Government.

The NLC President emphasized that these resolutions provide a framework for achieving the agreements reached during the meeting. While the strike has been suspended, the organized labor remains committed to resolving the raised issues and improving the conditions of vulnerable Nigerians affected by the subsidy discontinuation. It was urged that the Federal Government takes these resolutions seriously.

The meeting was attended by various representatives, including government officials, former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, NNPCL CEO Mele Kyari, and others. The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, and former Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, joined the delegation later.

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