- Nigerian labour unions are still insisting on nationwide strike over the hike in the price of petrol and electricity tariff
- The TUC and the NLC maintained their position to embark on industrial action on Thursday, September 24
- Both unions had a deadlocked meeting with the federal government on Thursday evening in Abuja
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The verdict of the National Industrial Court (NIC) restraining the planned nationwide strike has been shunned by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday, September 24.
This, of course, means that the resolve of the labour unions to embark on the total industrial action is unshaken.
The union revealed this stance after a deadlock meeting with principal representatives of the ministry of labour and employment in the evening of Thursday.
The minister, Chris Ngige, however, told journalists in Abuja that the said meeting was largely fruitful and that pending issues will be resolved on Monday, September 28.
The national president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, said that another meeting was scheduled for Monday solely by the government.
“We were not the one that adjourned the meeting; the government adjourned it till Monday. Monday is the expiration of the ultimatum and we are still very much focused on that. It is a deadlock now.
“Of course, that (adjournment) will not stop the action that has been put in place. We have told them to reverse or to suspend, while the discussion goes on Monday. So, labour is left with no option but to go our way.”
Earlier, the TUC in Nigeria collaborating with the NLC had resorted to a nationwide strike and protest as their means of kicking against the petrol price and electricity tariff hike.
The TUC in a statement made available to Legit.ng disclosed that in light of this, it was extending the previous ultimatum to the federal government to Monday, September 28, to allow Nigerians get themselves ready for what is coming.
The statement released by Comrade Quadri Olaleye, the president of TUC and its secretary-general, Musa-Lawal Ozig, partly read:
"We want to use this opportunity to call on Nigerians, especially those in the informal sector to bear with us while the industrial action lasts.
"There is no need for the pains we bear. It is a needless one. They ask us to tighten our belts while they loosen theirs. Services are not rendered yet we are compelled to pay estimated bills."
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