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NLC Explains Why Planned Nationwide Strike Was Suspended

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The NLC and TUC have explained why they shelved the planned nationwide strike.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leaders [PHOTO CREDIT: @NLCHeadquarters]

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PREMIUM TIMES reported the increase in electricity tariff from about N30.23 to about N62.33 per kWh,

while the price of petrol was increased from about N145 to about N161 per litre.

 

Speaking after the meeting, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba said the unions agreed to suspend the Nationwide Strike,

after deliberating on the issues and a committee has been set up find a lasting solution to the problems

 

“Both the government and organised labour have looked into the issue of fuel price hike and we have discussed the

state of our refineries and how to achieve sustainable refineries.

We also reviewed the process of privatisation and other issues,

such as clear palliatives that were needed to be extended

to our members and Nigerians to cushion the effect of these policies,” he said.

 

Mr Wabba said the decision of the organised labour, as represented at the meeting,

“is to suspend the action. We are going to convey our Central Working Committee meeting to present the communique to them.”

 

Firstly

One of the reasons the unions suspended the strike, according to the communique, is that

the Federal Government will unveil a specific sum of money in two weeks’ time, which can be accessed by

Nigerian workers under the auspices of NLC and TUC.

 

“This is for participation in agricultural ventures through the CBN and the Ministry of Agriculture. The timeline will be fixed at the next meeting,”

the communique reads.

 

Secondly,

all parties agreed to set up a technical committee comprising ministries, departments, agencies,

NLC, and TUC, which will work for a duration of two weeks effective from Monday, September. 28

to resolve the issue of electricity tariff reforms.

 

Thirdly,

all parties agreed that electricity distribution companies (DisCos) should suspend the new electricity tariff

for two weeks while the discussion continues.

 

Fourthly,

the government promised to facilitate the removal of tax on minimum wage as a way of cushioning

the impact of the policy on the lowest earners.

 

They also promised workers under the  NLC and TUC  10 per cent allocation of the ongoing Ministry of Housing and Finance initiative on

housing

 

All parties also agreed on the need to expand the local refining capacity of the nation to reduce the

overdependence on the importation of petroleum products.

 

“The federal government and its agencies to ensure delivery of one million CNG/LPG AutoGas conversion kits, storage skids and dispensing units under Nigeria Gas Expansion Programme by December 2021 to enable the delivery of cheaper transportation and power fuel.

 

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