Workers frustration over subsidy removal necessitated warning strike – NLC President

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President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero has said the two-day warning strike earlier embarked on by the union was necessitated by frustration on the part of the working class.

Ajaero stated this on Monday, at the commencement of a meeting called at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong.

Expressing his displeasure on the way the government was handling the palliative scheme amid the subsidy removal policy, Ajaero said none of the demands raised by workers, which the government pledged to meet have been fulfilled, despite the two-day warning strike.

The apex Labour union said not that workers were keen on embarking on strikes but recent developments in the labour sector, particularly the crisis in the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) where the police have taken over the secretariat leaves much to be desired.

Before the meeting broke into a closed-door session, Lalong said the country was witnessing teething challenges, marked by industrial actions and unrest that have adversely affected the economy.

He said he was optimistic that a constructive dialogue which has just begun will lead to the resolution of the issues on the ground.

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