The Federal Government (FG) is making efforts to prevent the planned indefinite strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) scheduled for October 3.
The two labour unions announced their decision to embark on a nationwide industrial action on Tuesday, after the FG failed to address their demands following the removal of fuel subsidy and the increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The NLC and the TUC are seeking wage reviews, tax exemptions, allowances and other palliatives for public sector workers, as well as a revision of the minimum wage, to cushion the effects of the economic hardship caused by the fuel price hike.
According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Olajide Oshundun, the FG is ready to meet with the labour unions to discuss their grievances and find a lasting solution.
He said that the FG would also unveil a package of palliatives for workers during President Bola Tinubu’s speech on October 1, as part of the Independence Day celebration.
Oshundun added that the ministry had secured the release of the factional chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), who was arrested by security agents over his involvement in a protest against the fuel price increase.
He said that the ministry was working diligently to address the issue of wage awards, which is one of the main concerns of the labour unions.
He appealed to the NLC and the TUC to reconsider their decision to go on strike, noting that the country’s economy is too fragile to withstand a shutdown.
He assured them that the FG is committed to improving the welfare and living standards of Nigerian workers.