THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, has vowed to press ahead with its industrial action, scheduled to commence tomorrow if the Federal Government fails to reverse to old pump price of petrol.
The two unions asked the government not only to put all the nation’s refineries to optimal use but also increase minimum wage, besides putting all necessary palliatives measures before deregulation of oil.
Both spoke in separate remarks before formal commencement of the meeting it held with the government over the latter’s increment of fuel price,last week.
But the government pleaded with the labour organisations to see reasons with its action and shelve its planned strike,saying it was open to dialogue with the bodies.
This was even as the governor of Edo State,Adams Oshiomhole, who was at the meeting to mediate between the two warring sides,opposed agitation for wage increment, saying it was not sustainable at the moment.
NLC president,Ayuba Waba and his TUC counterpart,Bobboi Kaigama,said there was the need for government to reverse to old pump price of fuel, given that the development was having a toll on the masses.
At the meeting attended by the Secretary to Government of the Federation,SGF,Babachir Lawal,Minister of State,Petroleum,Ibe Kachukwu,Ministers of Labour and Employment,Dr Chris Ngige