NLC President: Workers’ resentment at the loss of subsidies forced a warning strike


Joe Ajaero, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, said that the discontent of the working class was the driving force behind the union’s previous two-day warning strike.

This was said by Ajaero on Monday at the start of a meeting held by Simon Lalong, the minister of labor and employment.

Ajaero expressed his discontent with the government’s management of the palliative plan during the subsidy removal policy, claiming that despite the two-day warning strike, none of the requests made by the employees that the government promised to satisfy had been met.

The head of the labor movement stated recent events in the industry, notably the situation at the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), where the police have taken over the headquarters, leave much to be desired.

Before the conference entered a closed-door session, Lalong said the nation was experiencing its first difficulties, which were characterized by strikes and other forms of disturbance that had a negative impact on the economy.

He expressed optimism that the challenges on the ground would be resolved as a result of a positive discourse that has just started.

“I firmly recognize and value the crucial role the NLC plays in promoting the rights and welfare of our employees. Your commitment and persistent campaigning have been essential in establishing a fair and inclusive workplace and guaranteeing the welfare of our staff. We are dedicated to resolving the legitimate complaints that contributed to the current labor situation in a reasonable and equitable way.

“We must acknowledge the economic reality we face. We must be careful to strike a balance that fosters economic development and ensures sustainable progress for our country while we address the concerns of our workers. I’m asking everyone of you to engage in an open-minded conversation today so that we can close any gaps between worker interests and the overarching objective of promoting economic progress.

“Let us take use of this chance to listen to and understand one another in the spirit of togetherness and with the fullest devotion to the welfare of our country. Let’s brainstorm new ideas together as we improve working conditions and employee benefits while fostering a healthy economy, Lalong said.



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