Total shutdown looms on as NLC writes ASUU, ASUP, NUT, JUSUN, others ahead of nationwide Labour strike


Nationwide Labour Strike Looms As Mobilizes ASUU, Other Unions Against Fuel Price Hike


The Nigeria Labour Congress has instructed its 43 affiliated unions to mobilize for an industrial action scheduled to begin on June 7, 2023.


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The strike follows the increase in Premium Motor Spirit pump prices. Among the NLC’s affiliates are the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives.

In a letter to the affiliates, signed by Emmanuel Ugboaja, the General Secretary of the NLC, the Congress stated, “Greetings from the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress. You will recall that at the National Executive Council meeting held on June 2, 2023, it was decided that the Congress would launch a nationwide action and withdrawal of services in response to the fraudulent increase in fuel prices across all 36 states and the FCT of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


“Be advised that the nationwide action will begin on Wednesday, June 7th, 2023. As a result, all National Leadership are required to mobilize their members for the action and ensure full compliance with the directives, as services in both the public and private sectors are expected to be completely withdrawn by Wednesday, June 7, 2023. The NLC noted that all Presidents and General Secretaries are expected to aid in the implementation of the National Executive Council’s decisions.



This online newspaper reported that on Monday, during his inaugural address at Eagle Square in Abuja, President announced the end of the era of fuel subsidies.

Tinubu had also disclosed that the 2023 budget did not allocate funds for fuel subsidies, so further payments are no longer warranted.


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Tinubu had declared, “The fuel subsidy is gone,” adding that his government would instead invest in infrastructure and other areas to strengthen the economy.

The presidential proclamation resulted in an immediate resurgence of fuel lines across the nation, with Nigerians bemoaning the sharp increase in the price of gasoline at the various fuel stations.


Although the NNPCL and the House of Representatives supported Tinubu’s decision, the NLC and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria have since opposed it.


The organised labour has insisted that the President cannot take a unilateral decision to eliminate subsidies.


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