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.
The planned November 16 general strike in Nigeria was called off at the
last minute after the government accepted a small reduction in the
price of fuel. We have seen this scenario before. The government has
been let off the hook yet again, but for how long?
The impasse of the Obasanjo regime has provoked one general strike
after another. The situation is very explosive. To try and divert
attention from the real issues the regime has now come up with the idea
of a delegate conference known as “National Dialogue”, which opened on
February 21. The petit-bourgeois opposition is calling for an
alternative conference. Both are clearly diversions aimed at holding
back the movement of the masses. The only way out is for the NLC
leaders to break with all these manoeuvres and build a party of labour.