Strike: FG meets NLC, TUC for talks

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Babachir David Lawal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation

The Muhammadu Buhari administration is leaving no stone unturned in its determination persuade Nigerians to accept the new N145 per litre price of the premium motor spirit it introduced last Wednesday.

To this end the Federal Government has scheduled a meeting for today with organised labour to dissuade its members from embarking on an indefinite strike from Wednesday.

Both the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress at the weekend issued a three day ultimatum to the federal government to reverse the increase to N86.50 per litre or else their members would embark on an indefinite nationwide strike from Wednesday.

NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba told Daily Trust on phone he was aware that an invitation for talks had been sent from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. But he said the letter had not been delivered because Sunday was a work-free day.

Sources said the government wanted to meet the labour leaders today to iron out areas of disagreement.

Asked about the latest development regarding its planned nationwide strike, Wabba said the communiqué jointly issued by organised labour on Saturday concerning the strike subsisted.

However, the ranks of the labour union remained divided over the planned strike.

Oil workers had pulled out of the strike Friday and backed the government on deregulation.

Many civil society organisations have also backed out of the strike and urged labour to shelve it in the interest of Nigerians.

The association of pilots and other workers in the aviation sector have also backed the government saying they would not take part in the strike.

The government also yesterday got the backing of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Babachir David Lawal will today (Monday) …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper