NLC returns to negotiation table, suspends strike

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NLC3Less than 48-hours after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu visited the Ayuba Wabba led Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC,the union yesterday suspended the ongoing nationwide strike to force.
The strike was called by the labour union to protest against the fuel price hike by the Federal Government from N85 to N145.
The labour union resolved to resume negotiation with the government.
This came as Joe Ajaero led faction, weekend assured that labour movement would engage the federal government to ensure there was a time frame for ending importation of refined petroleum products into the country.
The warning strike began on Wednesday following government’s failure to accede to its demands to revert to the old fuel price of N86.50 per litre as well as reverse the electricity tariff hike imposed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission last January.

The strike action appeared to have been largely a failure in most states of the federation, as Nigerians ignored the call by the NLC and went about their normal businesses throughout the three days of the strike.

Although well meaning Nigerians have been making entreaties to the NLC to prevail on its members to shelve the strike, the scheduled meeting appears to be a forum for labour to consider these pleas, review its position and consider calling off the strike and return to the negotiation table with government on their demands.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said Sunday’s meeting discussed­ the proposal by a national leader of the All Progressives Con­gress, Bola Tinubu, during his visit to the NLC secretariat in Abuja on Friday to appeal for the calling off of ­the strike.

During the visit, Mr. Wabba had said the decision to suspend or call off the strike could only be taken by the appropriate organ of the congress empowered to negotiate with government.

Other appeals that have gone to the NLC to shelve the strike came from the leadership of the National Assembly.

Key affiliates of the NLC, including the influential oil workers’ unions, namely the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, and the National Union od Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, opted not to join the strike.

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