Nigerian Labour Unions Launch Nationwide Strike After Talks Fail

File image of labour members’parade during strike

Nigerian labor unions, under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), have commenced a nationwide strike today, following a deadlocked negotiation with the National Assembly over the weekend.

The unions, which represent millions of Nigerian workers across various sectors, had threatened a strike action if their demands were not met. These demands reportedly include an increase in the national minimum wage, which they argue has not kept pace with the rising cost of living.

According to media reports, a last-ditch attempt to avert the strike through negotiations on Sunday night proved unsuccessful. The NLC and TUC maintain that the government’s response to their demands remains unsatisfactory, prompting them to proceed with the strike action.

The strike is expected to cause significant disruption across the country, potentially impacting public services, transportation, and other sectors. The extent of the disruption remains to be seen, as the government may attempt to implement measures to minimize the impact.

It is important to note that the Attorney-General has declared the strike “premature and illegal,” arguing that negotiations are still ongoing. However, the unions appear determined to press ahead with their industrial action.

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