While the government of Nigeria intensifies efforts to impede the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and its ally from embarking on their planned one-day nationwide warning strike, in protest of the hike in electricity tariff and lingering fuel scarcity among others, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Wednesday, disclosed that labour might extend the anticipated strike to one week to create meaningful impact.
Speaking exclusively to ThisDay Newspaper, the president of TUC, Bobboi Kaigama, expressed that the plan to embark on the warning strike was on course as consultations are currently in progress.
The planned nationwide industrial action is coming on the heels of the current issues unfolding in the country, as the union aimed at expressing its angst against government poor handling of the economy, electricity tariff hike, fuel scarcity, among others.
Kaigama said: “Of course, the plan to go on strike is still on; the most important thing is consultation. You know, to organise a strike is not a tea party, you have to consult widely before you go on with the plan.”
“At the moment, we are still monitoring the situation; it is also likely that, it (strike) may be extended to one week in order to make an impact.”
When asked if the federal government had reached out to the congress in an attempt to compel the body to shelve its plan, Kaigama said at the last forum in Abuja, such overtures were made, but that TUC was yet to receive an official request to halt its plan.
In a related development, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Wednesday averred that the 21-day ultimatum it gave the federal government stands, notwithstanding on-going talks with the government.