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TUC, NLC split amid DSS warning on protest

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has withdrawn its support for the Nigeria Labour Congress’ (NLC) planned two-day nationwide protest on February 27 and 28. The TUC claims the decision was not made collectively, expressing disappointment in a letter dated February 19, 2024.

The letter, written by TUC Secretary General Dr. Nuhu Toro, argues that the NLC unilaterally decided on the protest dates, highlighting that the two unions had jointly issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government, set to expire on February 22.

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Vice-President of the TUC, Tommy Etim, confirmed the letter and stated that, due to this decision-making process, the TUC cannot participate in the protest. The Department of State Services (DSS) has also warned against the planned protest, citing concerns of potential hijacking.

The NLC had declared the protest in response to alleged government failures in implementing agreements reached on October 2, particularly related to the removal of the fuel subsidy and other economic reforms causing inflation and hardship.

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The TUC criticized the NLC’s President, Joe Ajaero, for the unilateral decision, marking it as the third such occurrence. They emphasized the need for joint decision-making, as agreed upon in the past, and expressed concerns about the potential undermining of their collaboration.

Despite the TUC’s alignment with the cause, they called for a more coordinated approach to address mutual concerns, indicating a history of failed attempts to correct such unilateral actions by the NLC.

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