NLC announces date to embark on nationwide strike over Naira scarcity

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has annouced plans to emback on nationwide strike from Wednesday next week.

The NLC president, Joe Ajaero, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, directed public sector workers in the country to embark on strike.

He also directed affiliate unions constituting the NLC to be on standby for picketing exercises across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) nationwide.

Ajaero said the industrial action became necessary following the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum given to the federal government last week to end the petrol and cash scarcity being experienced in the country.

He said the decision to picket CBN branches became necessary as the federal government and the CBN have failed to show any commitment to addressing the situation.

Ajaero lamented that despite the supreme court order that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31, 2023, the situation kept getting worse.
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The NLC president said workers could not access cash to pay fares to work nor buy food for their families. He also criticised the pricing irregularities in the petroleum sector.

Last week, we gave an ultimatum for the review of the cash crunch bedeviling the country, but we have discovered to our dismay that as at this moment not much effort has been made to ameliorate the situation, government is still foot dragging on these issues we raised.

“Based on this, we met again this morning to review our position and resolved that by Wednesday next week all CBN branches will be picketed, workers are directed to stay at home too because people cannot eat, workers can no longer go to the office, we have been pushed to the wall.

“We have decided to take our destiny in our hands, we have mobilised our workers on this exercise,” Ajaero said.

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