Thursday , September 28 2023

NLC Declares Nationwide Strike

NLC Declares Nationwide Strike

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero has given directives to public sector workers in the country to embark on strike beginning from Wednesday next week.


Additionally, he gave the order for all affiliated unions making up the Nigeria Labour Congress to be prepared for nationwide picketing operations at all CBN branches.


The instruction came after a previous ultimatum given by NLC Central Working Committee members last week in which they criticized the Federal Government’s cash swap program.


According to Ajaero, the Federal Government and the CBN have not demonstrated any willingness to fix the situation, therefore the decision to picket CBN facilities became imperative.


He lamented that despite the Supreme Court order allowing the old N500 and N1000 notes to circulate with the new notes till December 31 this year, the situation appears to be getting worse as workers cannot access cash to pay fares to work, nor can they buy food for their families.


Briefing reporters on Wednesday at the headquarters of NLC, the apex Labour union also criticised the pricing irregularities in the petroleum sector, which was also a cause for concern.


“Last week, we gave an ultimatum for the review of the cash crunch bedeviling the country, but we have discovered to our dismay that as at this moment not much effort has been made to ameliorate the situation, the government is still foot dragging on these issues we raised.


Based on this, we met again this morning to review our position and resolved that by Wednesday next week, all CBN branches will be picketed.


“Workers are directed to stay at home too because people cannot eat, workers can no longer go to the office, we have been pushed to the wall, we have decided to take our destiny in our hands, we have mobilised our workers for this exercise,” Ajaero stated.

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