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Hardship: TUC withdraws from planned nationwide protest

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The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has decided to withdraw from the planned two-day nationwide protest earlier announced by the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

Tommy Etim, the Union’s Vice President, announced this on Thursday.

He attributed the decision to pull out of the planned strike on “lack of decision making”.

“We cannot join the protest because the decision was not taken collectively. It is very clear that by virtue of the letter, there is no way we can join the protest,” he said.

“We are writing to address a matter of mutual concern and our disappointment regarding the recent unilateral issuance of two days’ national protest with specified dates.

“You will recall that both centres issued a joint statement with a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government.

“This ultimatum will expire on Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 and the right thing to do was for both leaders to review the situation and agree on the way forward prior to convening our respective NEC meetings.”

Mr Etim maintained that a decision about the strike should have been made collectively, ensuring that the interests and perspectives of all parties involved are duly considered.

“This is the way other leaders of both centres have worked together from the time of SECSCAN to when TUC was formally registered,” he added

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