Labour Congress under attack for suspending nationwide strike


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have come under criticism for  suspending the nationwide strike  scheduled to begin on Monday.

The NLC and TUC had called for the strike to protest against the increase in electricity tariff and the price of petroleum.


The unions suspended the action after brokering an agreement with the federal government over the electricity tariff and petrol price hikes.

After a meeting in the early hours of Monday, the government agreed to look into the recent electricity tariff, but pump price of petrol remain the same.

Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment; Ayuba Wabba, NLC president; Qaudri Olaleye, TUC president, and Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, among others, were at the meeting.



Many Nigerians have taken to social media to attack the labour unions, describing them as enemy of the masses.

Below are some of the comments gathered from Twitter:

@Super_Spotter “Labour suspends strike after reaching an agreement with FG overnight! No surprises. My own is, of all the demands, FG only suspended the increase in electricity tariffs for 2 weeks. Nothing said about petrol. NLC didn’t even talk about the prolonged AsUU strike! We’re not ready.”

@Premadonnaviv: “Two weeks reversal of electricity tariff hike isn’t enough to suspend the strike. We all know that the ‘palliatives’ the FG is offering is bullshit.What about fuel price? Most areas don’t even have stable electricity, we almost always rely on fuel for everything.”

@MFarees: “Federal Government orders the halt in the electricity hike so that labour would suspend the strike, but ASUU has been on strike for almost 6 months now, and the FG ain’t saying nothing about it, because education is not their business, only Labour strike could affect them.”

@AdekolaDammy: “NLC and TUC and those that went into that agreement to suspend the strike are enemies of the masses. Is the strike only about electricity tariff? We will surely by fuel for N200/litreWhy deregulate when refineries are not working? No wonder, we never believed in Labour.”

@AliyuAbumalik1: “The toothless Nigeria Labour Congress have decided to suspend the strike after striking a deceitful and insalubrious agreement with the Nigerian Government. And this is the beginning of the end for the masses in Nigeria.”

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