Nigeria labor unions plan strikes over cost-of-living crisis

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On Saturday, the Nigerian Labour Congress announced that labor unions would be warning strikers on September 5 and 6. The unrest follows an EU report released earlier this year, which questioned the transparency and democracy of the 2023 Nigerian general elections. This unrest follows an EU report released earlier this year, which questioned the transparency and democracy of the 2023 Nigerian general elections.

The NCL press release discussed the recent NLC National Executive Council Meeting, which assessed what they described as ‘hardships’ facing the citizens of Nigeria as a result of “the federal government’s failure to establish essential structures to address the widespread suffering in our nation.”

It argued that the government’s behaviour amounted to a deliberate act of neglect and disregard for engaging with national stakeholders. The NCL highlighted that organizations and government affiliates had threatened trade union leaders and members. The meeting focused on a number of key players that have an impact on the region and work of the NCL. This included the police, Imo, and Abia State Government, certain aviation companies (including Airpeace Airline), marauders disguised as herdsmen terrorizing farmers and citizens across the nation and Minister Nyesom Wike.

Ultimately, it was resolved that the NCL would engage in a “total and indefinite shutdown of the nation” within 14 or 21 days until the Government addresses the country’s suffering and impoverishment.