In a press conference held on Friday, TUC President Festus Osifo announced that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) is set to stage a one-day protest in Lagos State on Monday, September 25.
This demonstration comes as a precursor to a larger strike, aimed at protesting what the Union claims is the “the Lagos State Government’s clampdown on the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN)”
The RTEAN is a significant affiliate of the TUC, and tensions between the union and the Lagos State Government have been escalating since May when the government filed an appeal before the Court of Appeal to challenge the judgment of the National Industrial Court. The court had nullified the state government’s appointment of a caretaker committee on transportation.
The National Industrial Court in Lagos delivered a verdict on April 18, ordering the reinstatement of the operations of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria in Lagos State. The court’s decision also nullified the state government’s appointment of a caretaker committee on transportation, sparking a legal battle that has now culminated in the TUC’s decision to protest.
The one-day protest scheduled for September 25 is expected to draw significant attention and participation as the TUC seeks to bring its concerns to the forefront of public discourse. The impending strike, following this protest, could have widespread implications on transportation and labor relations in Lagos State.
The Lagos State Government has yet to respond to the TUC’s announcement.
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