The Nigeria Labour Congres (NLC) says it will embark on a two-day warning strike, from Tuesday, September 5, to protest the Federal Government’s failure to address the hardship caused to citizens by the removal of fuel subsidy.

The warning strike will take place on Tuesday, September 5, and Wednesday, September 6, it says.

The decision to embark on the action was reached after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Congress on Thursday.

NLC president, Comrade Joe Ajaero, said: “NEC in session of NLC resolved to embark on a total and indefinite shutdown of the nation within 14 working days or 21 days from today, until steps are taken by the government to address the excruciating mass suffering and the impoverishment experienced around the country.

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“To commence a two-day warning strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, 5th and 6th September 2023 to demonstrate our readiness for the indefinite strike later in the month and to also demand that the state vacates the illegally occupied national headquarters of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.”

The NLC also resolved to embark on a mass protest and rally in Imo State within September.

Ajaero explained that the proposed strike action was necessitated as a result of the government deliberate neglect and disregard to engage the relevant stakeholders through the channel of social dialogue.

He said the Federal Government has refused to engage and reach an agreement with the organized labour on critical issues on the consequences of the unfortunate hike in prices of petroleum, which had unleashed suffering on Nigerian workers and masses.