Nigeria: Five Times Labour Suspended Planned Nationwide Strike Over Critical Matters

The Nigeria Labour Congress on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to reverse what it described as “anti-poor” and anti-workers policies within seven days or risk a nationwide strike.

The policies listed by the NLC include the recent petrol price hike, the increase in school fees and the Value Added Tax increase.

However, many Nigerians have expressed doubts that the strike would hold as planned, with some saying the labour would chicken out at the last minutes at it had done in the past.

Daily Trust takes a look at five times the labour union had suspended planned nationwide strike over crucial matters.


In 2003 during the former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, the Nigerian labour unions suspended a planned strike aimed at protesting a hike in fuel price.

The strike, which was planned to begin on Thursday, was called off late Wednesday night, following extensive talks between union leaders and representatives of petroleum products marketing companies, as state governors mediated.

Adams Oshiomhole was the president of the umbrella union, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) then.

The price of petrol had risen from N39.90 ($0.31) to N45 naira ($0.34) per litre.


Again, in Novemver 2018, the organized labour called off the nationwide strike scheduled to commence on a Tuesday.

The industrial action was meant to press home workers’ demand for an upward review of minimum wage.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) then, Ayuba Wabba, said the decision to suspend the industrial action was taken after agreements were reached and documents signed.

After an extensive meeting of more than seven hours, the union delegation and the federal government delegation arrived at different figures.

While labour insisted on N30,000, the government delegation proposed N24,000.


In 2020 the labour unions suspended their planned nationwide protest and strike over an increase in electricity tariff and petrol price in the country then.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had scheduled September 28 for a nationwide rally to protest the hikes, but they later called off the protests.