Nationwide Labour strike begins Monday

In what it described as a bid to avert anarchy in the country, organised labour has rescheduled its planned nationwide strike to force the Federal Government to rescind its policy on fuel subsidy. Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) said workers would commence a nationwide indefinite strike, mass rallies and street protests on Monday, January 9, instead of two days later announced on Tuesday. The labour unions directed state council chairmen to begin massive mobilisation of workers and the masses ahead of the strike, ordering that all offices, oil production centres, air and sea ports, fuel stations, market and banks, amongst others, should be shut down during the strike. A communiqué, jointly signed by NLC President, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Peter Esele, said the decision to commence the strike on Monday was taken because of the untold hardship workers and other Nigerians were experiencing as a result of the excessive increase in petrol prices which had resulted in sporadic protests by Nigerians. They advised Nigerians to conduct the protest in a very peaceful manner, adding that the primary objective of the mass action is to restore normalcy and “reclaim Nigeria for Nigerians”.


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