After last week’s general strike in Nigeria the leaders of the Nigerian
Labour Congress (NLC) gave the government until October 27th to come up
with a reasonable proposal on the price of fuel, otherwise the strike
would resume. The leader of the NLC, Adamas Oshiomhole, has said that
in such a secenario the unions would make the country “ungovernable”.
This article was written by a member of the Editorial Board of the
Nigerian Marxist journal, the Workers’ Alternative. Shortly after we
received it we were informed that the government has increased the
price of fuel by a further 15 Naira. This can only be seen as a serious
provocation. It exposes the government for what it is. And it renders
almost impossible any idea of a deal between the unions and the
government. If the government does not back off on this then the
leaders of the Nigerian unions have no choice but to pull out all the
After the four-day warning general strike, the Nigerian unions are calling on workers to resume strike action on November 16. This time it will no longer be limited to the issue of the price of fuel. The situation is becoming very tense. The workers have reached the limit of what they can take. They are putting immense pressure on the leadership of the NLC to act decisively.