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NLC Announces two-day protest over economic hardship

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In an effort spearheaded by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), members of organized labour have

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced its preparations for a nationwide protest scheduled for February 27 and February 28, 2024.

Joe Ajaero, the NLC’s National President, revealed that the protest would commence a week after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government, set to end on February 23.

During a press briefing in Abuja, Ajaero announced that the decision resulted from an emergency National Executive Council meeting discussing the nation’s economic state and insecurity issues.

On February 8, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress issued a two-week ultimatum to the government, demanding action on various fronts, including wage increases and improved access to public services. They accused the government of failing to fulfill promises to mitigate the impact of reforms. Ajaero emphasised that the Federal Government must adhere to the 14-day deadline.

Labour leaders expressed concern over the plight of millions of Nigerian workers facing challenges such as hunger, diminished purchasing power, and insecurity, all exacerbated by reforms that led to soaring inflation. These reforms included President Bola Tinubu’s decision last May to remove fuel subsidy and the lifting of currency trading restrictions, increasing petrol prices.

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