Kudos, knocks trail NLC suspension of proposed nationwide strike at the last minute

Some residents of Nsukka town in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State have continued to express different views over Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) suspension of its proposed nationwide strike at the last minute.

NLC had on September 26, directed workers in the country to embark on indefinite strike from October 3, but later suspended the strike on the night of October 2, as labour said Federal Government have met some its demands.

The proposed strike was as a result of government inability to meet demands of NLC after the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu during his inauguration speech on May 29

While some residents in a separate interview with our reporter in Nsukka on Wednesday commended NLC for suspending the proposed indefinite strike which they said could have worsen the economy and inflicted more hardship in the country..

Others expressed dissatisfaction, noting that it had become the regular habit of NLC leadership to tell workers in the country to get ready for strike but the leaders would suddenly soft paddle at last minute after meeting with Federal Government in ‘Aso Rock’.

Mrs Ngozi Ozioko, the Chairman of Ogige Market Amalgamated Traders Association Nsukka, commended NLC and government for reaching an understanding that led to the suspension of the strike at the last minute.

“If NLC indefinite strike has hold, it will have worsen the economy of the country and inflicted more hardship on everybody.

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“I commend NLC and government for reaching an understanding that made the strike to be suspended, so that the economy will not suffer further setback,”she said.

Mr George Ngwu, the Chairman of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Nsukka LG, hailed NLC for suspending the strike so that further negotiations with government would continue.

“Labour leaders in the country did well to suspend the proposed strike hence government has agreed to meet most of workers demands.

“Suspending the strike will enable government and labour to finalise discussion, sign agreement as well as how it will be implemented,”Ngwu said.

But for Dr Chinedu Ejezie, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka. the NLC had been in the habit of telling workers to get ready for strike but at the last minute, labour leaders would soft paddle and suspend the strike.

“I don’t know what is in ‘Aso Rock’, whenever NLC leaders go there to discuss with government, at the end they will change their mind and suspend proposed strike.

“NLC could have go on with the proposed strike until government implement all resolutions reached
“Now labour has suspended the strike by 30 days, government will be dragging feet to implement resolutions reached with labour.

“How many times have government entered in agreement with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and how many of the agreements did government implement,”Ejezie asked.

Mrs Joy Ogbonna, a Civil Servant said that, she was not happy how NLC hurriedly suspended the strike when they have not signed agreement with government and watched government implement it.

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“If after 30 days government did not implement resolutions reached, will workers take NLC serious if they called workers again for another strike.

“If the indefinite strike has started on October 3 as proposed, it will have made government to know that NLC is serious and government will double its efforts in implementing resolutions reached with labour leaders” she said.

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