The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to go on a work strike in two weeks if the government fails to take decisive action to alleviate the economic hardship rocking the world’s most populous black country.
The labour group blamed Abuja for the brutal removal of the petrol subsidy and spiralling inflation linked to the crash of the Nigerian currency, the naira, against the USD.
The workers’ union lamented the “massive hardship” that came with the policies while accusing the authorities of neglecting “the welfare of citizens and Nigerian workers.”
The NLC along with its sister union, Trade Union Congress (TUC), also complains that the government had yet to raise workers’ pay after a last-minute agreement on October 2, 2023, that averted a devastating nationwide strike.
The groups expect President Bola Tinubu to come up with post-subsidy welfare or food subsidies for workers between today, February 9 and Thursday, February 22 as they gear up to put down tools and protest.
—Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.