TUC Explains Suspension of Nationwide Strike: Awaiting Fulfillment of Promises

Suspension of Indefinite Strike

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has clarified that the suspension of the nationwide indefinite strike by Labour Unions was done to provide an opportunity for the President Bola Tinubu-led administration to fulfill the conditions outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Federal Government and Organized Labour.

Fulfillment of MoU Conditions

The MoU in question featured a 15-point agreement and was made public on October 1, 2023, following negotiations between organized labour and the Federal Government.

The strike suspension came after discussions held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja between officials of the Federal Government, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Initial Strike Plans and Rationale

The organized labour had initially planned to initiate a nationwide strike in response to the removal of fuel subsidies and the perceived failure of the government to meet their demands.

This proposed strike aimed to address concerns over the impact of the subsidy removal on the general public.

Temporary Suspension Explained

The National Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress, Tommy Etim, emphasized that the suspension of the strike is a temporary measure.

He rejected claims made by governors that they would not implement the MoU’s demands due to having already introduced palliative measures for state civil servants and residents prior to the MoU’s signing.

Ongoing Dialogue and Ultimatum

Etim clarified that discussions with state authorities have been initiated, and communication has been dispatched to local representatives.

He stressed that the 30-day ultimatum given to the government remains in effect.

While the strike has been temporarily suspended, Etim noted that the ultimatum offers flexibility for resuming the strike without further notice should the government fail to fulfill its obligations.

Awaiting Government’s Response

The Trade Union Congress has made its stance clear, expressing its readiness to take further action if the government does not honor its commitments as outlined in the MoU.

The suspension of the strike is seen as a waiting period for the government to act in line with the agreements reached.

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