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Strike: AHUON Urges NLC, TUC to Consider Timing in View of Upcoming Hajj

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By Ibrahim Khalil

The Association for Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON) has called on the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to reconsider their stance on the timing of the ongoing strike action in the interest of Nigerian Muslims.

The National President of AHUON, Abdullatif Ekundayo Yusuf, in a statement on Saturday, emphasized the importance of the call, especially for the significant number of Muslims intending to go Hajj.

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Ekundayo Yusuf stressed that the Association feels the pain of all Nigerians during this trying period and further understands the position of the  Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in advocating for better working conditions for Nigerian workers.

He however revealed that, “we strongly feel the declaration and commencement of the nationwide strike action is ill-timed and unfavorable for Nigerian Muslim community.

“We would like to call the attention of the Labour Congress to the impact of the strike on one of the most fundamental pillars of Islam, Hajj which is followed by Eid kabir festival nationwide and the financial implications the strike will have on Muslims who have saved for years to be able to embark on this holy journey.”

The President of the AHUON, additionally said, “the financial loss to our members will run into Billions of naira having completed all necessary arrangements of accommodation, transportation, feeding in both Mecca and Madinah, including issued tickets and visas for thousands of people (of which payments are non-refundable) who will be affected by disruption of both local and international flights operations.”

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“We hereby call on the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to please re-consider their stand on the timing of the strike action in the interest of Nigerian Muslims who form majority of their membership.

“We further urge both the NLC and the TUC to rescind the strike until after Hajj to avert the huge financial loss that will be borne by the average Nigerian.”

Recalls that Leadership of the NLC and that of TUC resolved to embark on the ongoing strike to press demand for the need of Federal government to implement the new favourable National Minimum Wage for the Nigerian Workers.

According to pundits, the ongoing industrial action will serve as a gauge for the commitments of the Nigerian government.

The strike action on Monday achieved over 90 percent compliance, calling on the Federal Government, NLC, and TUC to arrive at an agreeable minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

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The pundits characterized the ongoing strike as regrettable, and they are urging stakeholders to resolve the issue to prevent tarnishing the image of the country.

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