No Advance Warning for Next Strike, Labor Warns FG

NLC Chair, Joe Ajaero

The Labour party has firmly conveyed to the Federal Government that no prior warnings will precede the next strike action. The Trade Union Congress, in a statement on Saturday, emphasized that the postponement of the nationwide strike planned for October 1st is merely a temporary measure.

This temporary suspension hinges upon the commitment of the administration led by President Bola Tinubu to fulfill the stipulations outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Federal Government and the Organised Labour.

Labour further refuted the assertions made by governors, who contended that they had already initiated measures to meet the requirements of the MoU even before its formalization.

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In an exclusive interview with our correspondent in Abuja, the National Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress, Tommy Etim, underscored these points.

As reported by Sunday PUNCH, the MoU, encompassing a comprehensive 15-point agreement, was publicly disclosed on October 1, 2023. Addressing concerns about potential non-compliance by the governors, Etim remarked, “Such a scenario is implausible. In any case, we have made efforts to connect with our counterparts in the states. Letters have been dispatched to this effect.”

Regarding the ongoing negotiations with the government, the labour leader asserted, “The 30-day ultimatum we presented remains in effect. We have accorded them time, and we trust they are actively engaged in fulfilling their obligations. Our decision to suspend the strike was a temporary measure, and we retain the ability to resume it without prior notice. We have fulfilled our part and are now awaiting their actions.”

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