The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have jointly suspended the indefinite strike that was scheduled to commence on October 3, 2023.
The decision to suspend the strike was taken after an emergency meeting between the federal government and labour leaders was held on October 2, 2023.
According to a press release issued by the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), the NLC and TUC agreed to suspend the strike to allow for the implementation of the NLC’s demands.
“We have decided to suspend the strike to allow for the implementation of the NLC’s demands,” said NLC President Ayuba Wabba. “We hope that the government will keep its promises and that we will not have to resort to industrial action again in the future.”
The NLC has directed all its affiliate members to direct their members to return to work on October 3, 2023.
“We are calling on all our affiliate members to direct their members to return to work tomorrow,” said Wabba. “The strike has been suspended.”
The MWUN has also directed all members of the maritime sector to resume work on October 3, 2023.
“We are directing all our members to resume work tomorrow,” said MWUN President Adewale Adeyanju.
The suspension of the strike is a major relief for Nigerians, as it would have had a significant impact on the economy and society.
It is unclear what specific agreements were reached between the government and labour leaders, but the suspension of the strike suggests that there has been some progress in negotiations.
Nigerians will be hoping that the government and labour leaders can continue to work together to resolve the issues that led to the threat of a strike in the first place.