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Nigeria Labour Congress directs public sector workers to embark on strike



Strike scheduled to commence next week

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed public sector workers in the country to embark on strike. The strike is billed to commence on Wednesday next week. Joe Ajaero, the NLC president, gave the directive at a media briefing in Abuja on Wednesday.

Affiliate unions directed to be on standby for picketing exercises

He also directed that affiliate unions constituting the NLC should be on standby for picketing exercises across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) nationwide.

Ultimatum given to federal government over petrol and cash scarcity

Last week, the NLC issued a seven-day ultimatum to the federal government to end the petrol and cash scarcity being experienced in the country. Speaking with journalists, Ajaero said the industrial action became the last resolve of the NLC following the expiration of the ultimatum.

Picketing of CBN branches deemed necessary

He said the decision to picket CBN branches became necessary as the federal government and the CBN have failed to show any commitment to addressing the situation. Ajaero lamented that despite the supreme court order that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31, 2023, the situation kept getting worse.

Workers unable to access cash for basic needs

He said workers could not access cash to pay fares to work nor buy food for their families. He also criticised the pricing irregularities in the petroleum sector.

Government accused of foot dragging

“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, government is still foot dragging on these issues we raised,” Ajaero said.

CBN branches to be picketed

“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 on this exercise.”



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