Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress suspended the nationwide strike earlier planned for today.
News Rain earlier reported that the Organised Labour suspended its planned nationwide industrial action for two weeks over the recent hike in electricity tariff and fuel pump price in the country
Reasons NLC, TUC Suspended Strike
The suspension of the strike and protest was reportedly announced by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and contained in a communiqué signed by all the parties involved in the meeting.
Meanwhile, speaking after the meeting, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba gave reasons the unions agreed to suspend the strike.
According to him both the government and organized labor have looked into the issue of fuel price hike and what was needed to be put in place in order to address the issue of the increase.
“Both the government and organized labor 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 privatization 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.
In giving more reasons for the suspension, he said they ‘agreed to also put a committee in place to work outlasting solutions in addressing these challenges, including the issue of metering and importantly also is to bring about the issue of efficiency.”
It will be recalled that recently the Federal Government increase the 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 liter.