SUBSIDY REMOVAL: Labour unions suspend planned strike action in Nigeria
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have suspended their planned nationwide industrial action.
The strike was originally planned to protest the removal of fuel subsidy.
The unions said they suspended the strike to give room for more consultations.
This was contained in a communiqué signed by TUC President, Comrade Festus Osifo; Secretary General, Nuhu Toro; NLC President, Joseph Ajaero; Secretary General, Emmanuel Ugboaja, Speaker House of Representatives; Femi Gbajabiamila, and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ms Kachollom Daju.
Reading out the communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, Gbajabiamila, who led the government side, said seven resolutions were reached to address the situation.
According to the communiqué, the agreements include;
“The NLC to suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations.
“The TUC and the NLC to continue the ongoing engagements with the federal government and secure closure on the resolutions.
“The federal government, the TUC and the NLC to establish a joint committee to review the proposal for any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.
“The federal government, the TUC and the NLC to review World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.
“The federal government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.
“The Labour centres and the federal government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.
“The Labour centres and the federal government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.
“The federal government to provide a framework for the maintenance of roads and expansion of rail networks across the country.
“All other demands submitted by the TUC to the federal government will be assessed by the joint committee.”
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