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Trade Union Congress: Strike suspension temporal, contingent on government fulfillment

Labour emphasizes conditional nature of the strike suspension

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The Trade Union Congress (TUC) declared on Saturday that the suspension of its nationwide strike scheduled for October 1 is a temporary measure. The TUC emphasized that the suspension hinges on the President Bola Tinubu-led administration fulfilling the conditions outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Federal Government and the Organised Labour.

Labour leaders dismissed assertions by governors that they might not implement the demands in the MoU, pointing out that governors had already introduced palliatives for state civil servants and residents before the signing of the MoU.

Tommy Etim, the National Deputy President of the Trade Union Congress, clarified the union’s stance in an interview in Abuja. The 15-point agreement in the MoU, made public on October 1, 2023, outlines the terms agreed upon by the organized Labour and the federal government.

Responding to reports about governors potentially reneging on the agreement, Etim stated, “That is not possible. Anyway, the truth is that we have reached out to our people in the states to meet with them. Letters have also been sent to that effect.”

Regarding the progress with the government, Etim explained, “The 30-day ultimatum we gave to them is still in place. We have given them time, and we are sure they are working. What we did was just a suspension. When you suspend a strike, you can kickstart it without further notice. We have done our part, and we are waiting for them to play their part.”

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