The Nigerian Senate has urgently appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to reconsider its decision to go on a nationwide strike.
The Senate is deeply concerned about the potential severe impact of the strike on ordinary Nigerians, warning that “it could lead to extreme hardship in the nation.”
While the Senate respects the NLC’s right to protest, it emphasizes the importance of considering the potential consequences on citizens’ daily lives and livelihoods.
The ongoing effects of the global pandemic and economic recovery efforts have already strained the Nigerian economy, and a widespread labor strike could exacerbate the situation, leading to inflation, scarcity of goods and services, and significant inconvenience to the people.
The Senate is committed to engaging in constructive dialogue with the NLC to address their grievances. By prioritizing negotiation and communication, they hope to find a compromise that protects workers’ rights and interests while ensuring the smooth functioning of the economy.
In addition to the plea to the NLC, the Senate calls upon other stakeholders, including the federal government and private sector representatives, to participate in the dialogue.
A broad-based discussion is expected to lead to a more comprehensive and sustainable solution to the issues at hand.
Meanwhile, the NLC had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the President Bola Tinubu administration, demanding the reversal of what they describe as “anti-poor” policies, including the increase in the price of petrol.
They threatened to embark on a nationwide protest if their demands are not met.
The NLC accuses the federal government of showing contempt for the Nigerian people and being at war with the workers and masses.
They express frustration with the government’s handling of the subsidy removal and the subsequent hike in petrol prices.
In their demands, the NLC insists on the immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies, including the recent petrol price hike, increase in public school fees, and the release of withheld salaries of university lecturers and workers.
As the situation unfolds, the nation hopes for a peaceful resolution that prioritizes the welfare of workers and maintains economic stability.
The call for dialogue and understanding remains crucial as the proposed strike approaches.