The Nigerian government has appealed to the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to shelve its planned two-day warning strike, which is due to start on Tuesday.
The appeal was made by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, on Monday in Abuja.
Lalong said that the strike would be “detrimental to the gains already being recorded” by the government. He also asked the NLC to give the government some time to settle in and address the issues raised by the union.
The NLC is planning to strike over a number of issues, including the removal of fuel subsidies, the alleged exploitation of workers’ rights, and the government’s interference in trade union matters.
Lalong said that the government was committed to addressing these issues, but that it needed some time to do so. He also said that the government would never take workers for granted.
The minister said that the government would be meeting with the NLC on Monday afternoon in an attempt to avert the strike.
The strike is expected to affect businesses and public services across Nigeria.