Private employers of labour in Nigeria have cautioned against the proposed strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), emphasizing that it might lead to counter-productive outcomes. They suggest that the NLC should consider engaging in constructive dialogue with the government to explore better avenues for alleviating the impact of subsidy removal. While the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has chosen the path of dialogue, the NLC remains firm on mobilizing for an indefinite strike.
- Private employers express concern over the potential impact of the impending strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress.
- Former Vice President of the NLC, Comrade Issa Aremu, believes that strikes can be prevented through constructive negotiations and compromises.
- The Director-General of the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA) believes that the strike would be counter-productive and could adversely affect both employers and employees.
- The TUC awaits the government’s response to its proposals aimed at mitigating the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
Analysis: The caution from private employers underscores the apprehension surrounding the proposed strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress. They advocate for dialogue as a means to achieve a more constructive resolution to the issue of subsidy removal. This situation highlights the delicate balance between advocating for workers’ rights and considering the broader economic implications of strikes. It remains to be seen how both parties will navigate this situation and seek a mutually beneficial resolution.