Labour Meets FG Today Over Planned Nationwide Strike

Richard Ginika Izuora

The Federal Government is scheduled to meet with the organised labour on Thursday, September 24, with the aim to resolve the criticisms arising from the increase in the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) earlier in the week resolved to organize a nationwide protest against the hike in petrol price and electricity tariff on September 28.

However, the statement by the FG was issued by the Deputy Director; Press and Public Relations; Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, on Thursday.

The statement reads: “The Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngigie will be hosting a meeting with the Organised Labour. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020; and the venue is the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja, by 3:00 p.m.”

Meanwhile, the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institution Employees, on Wednesday, September 23; urged all its members to ensure strict compliance with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) nationwide strike.

The strike is scheduled to commence from Monday, September 28.

The NLC is embarking on the strike to protest the recent increase in fuel price; as well as electricity tariff by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

This notice by the banks was contained in a notice signed by Mohammed Sheikh, the union’s secretary-general.

The letter was sent to all its zonal councils and domestic committee unit; and the union said the final decision to embark on the strike from next week was a resolution its National Executive Council (NEC) reached during its meeting on Tuesday, September 22.

Sheikh said following the NEC directive all members “are therefore directed by this letter to ensure total compliance of this directive by your organisation/zonal council. It added, “We promise to keep you posted as events unfold.”

A recent meeting between NLC and the Nigerian government; to prevent the planned strike ended in a stalemate.

The union wants the Buhari government to cancel the recent increase in the price of fuel and electricity tariff.

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