Nigeria’s Labour Union Suspends Planned Strike Over Fuel Subsidy Removal

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The Nigerian Labour Congress has confirmed that it will no longer continue with its nationwide strike planned for Wednesday over fuel subsidy removal.

The decision on Monday was part of resolutions announced by the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and confirmed by the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, after a nearly six-hour meeting between the Federal Government and the organised labour at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

NLC-strike (News Central TV)

The latest followed series of meetings between the government and stakeholders among the labour cadre after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced the discontinuance of petroleum subsidy exactly one week ago.

The parties agreed that “The NLC will suspend notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations.

“The TUC and the NLC to continue ongoing engagements with the Federal Government and secure closure on the resolutions.

“The labour centres and the Federal Government to meet on June 19, 2023 to agree on an implementation framework.”

The former speaker also announced that the government, TUC and NLC are to establish a joint committee to review the proposal of any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.

The Federal Government, TUC and NLC will also review the $800m World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose the inclusion of low-income earners in the program.

“You can see that not is yet in concrete terms. So, at the adjourned date, we will go into more specifics to make sure this knotty issue is resolved, ”Ajaero stated. 

In attendance were the former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL, Mele Kyari, Hon. James Faleke, Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele and former Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo , Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Kachollom Daju among others representing the FG.


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