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Don’t touch national grid, Nigerians beg NLC ahead possible strike resumption


Nigerians have appealed to the organized labour not to shut down the national grid ahead of the presumed Tuesday strike action.

The organized labour through the Assistant General Secretary in an interview on ChannelsTV hinted that the unions will be embarking on the earlier suspended strike if the federal government does not assent to their request.

He said “The Federal Government and the National Assembly have the call now. It is not our call. Our demand is there for them (the government) to look at and send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly, and for the National Assembly to look at what we have demanded, the various fact of the law, and then come up with a National Minimum Act that meets our demands.

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“If that does not meet our demand, we have given the Federal Government a one-week notice to look at the issues and that one week expires tomorrow (Tuesday). If after tomorrow, we have not seen any tangible response from the government, the organs of the Organised Labour will meet to decide on what next.”

Reacting to the news of the presumed strike,Nigerians have taken to to express themselves.

An X user,Agbalanze wrote “You can carry on with your strike till next year but please make Una no touch National Grid”

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Also reacting, Stanley Chuck wrote, “Whatever they do, they should avoid the National grid. The money I spent on fuel last week still de pain me this week. My area even got worse because some cables were stolen during the grid shutdown.”

Still speaking about strike another X user Ada wrote, “Alright,good move but don’t touch the national grid. The people you are against are not the sufferers of your move. Allow the common man to breathe!!!!”

Recall that the union had embarked on a two day strikes weeks after failed talks on a new minimum wage for workers in the country.

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Labour declared an indefinite industrial action on Monday, June 3, 2024 paralysing business as labour shut down airports, hospitals, national grid, banks, National Assembly and state assemblies’ complexes but called the strike for one week after a meeting with the Secretary General of the Federation, George Akume.

Subsequently, the Federal Government increased its minimum wage offer to Organised Labour from ₦60,000 to ₦62,000 after several hours of meeting the tripartite committe but the offer was vehemently rejected by labour.