Nigerian Unions Call Off General Strike

Monday, 28 September 2020

By Our Reporters

Nigerian trade unions called off a planned general strike after reaching an overnight agreement with the government over a recent hike in fuel and electricity prices.

Talks between President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, the country’s largest labour federations, didnt result in the reversal of the increases. Instead the union leaders accepted several palliatives offered by the government to ease the expected hardships.

The trade union leaders had accused the government of inflicting more suffering on the majority of the populace at a time people were just emerging from a prolonged Covid-19 lockdownnd relief.

The strike was set to start officially at midnight, with the impact expected to result in shuttered offices and businesses on daybreak.