Petrol, electricity: Labour meet FG today, list conditions to shelve strike

Labour is set to meet with the Federal Government by Thursday on the increase in petrol price and electricity tariffs with a load of conditions.

This comes after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) leadership served a notice of industrial action from Monday unless the government reversed the hike in prices.

TUC President Quadri Olaleye said: “We are going to attend (the meeting). I have also compared notes with my colleague Comrade Ayuba Wabba.

“We will maintain our position on the reversal of fuel price and the electricity tariffs increase. We will also come up with some other conditions which will be in form of solution to the economy. We should not be talking only about reversal, we should be talking about prevention of future unilateral decisions.

“Although we are attending the meeting, we are fully mobilised nationwide ahead of the planned strike. All affiliates of TUC and NLC are fully mobilised.

Reacting to the planned strike action, Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige, argued that it will not be in the interest of anybody “if the economy is shut down”, adding “all of us will lose, Nigeria belong to all of us.”

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