Labour leaders walk out from meeting with FG over petrol price increase

Labour leaders walk out from meeting with FG over petrol price increase

- The increase in the pump price of petrol has sparked a disagreement between the federal government and the organised labour

- The discussions between the representatives of both government and the labour have recorded little success

- Labour leaders have accused the government of violating the terms of discussions

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A meeting between the federal government and the organised labour over the hikes in fuel pump price and the electricity tariff ended abruptly on Sunday, November 22.

The representatives of the organised labour staged a walk-out from the meeting barely five minutes after it started, Channels TV reported.

Labour leaders stage walkout as meeting with FG ends in disarray
Representatives of the federal government sitting at the venue of a meeting with Labour leaders. Photo: @fkeyamo
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Shortly before the walkout, the president of the Trade Union Congress, (TUC) Quadri Olaleye, accused the federal government of being insincere about the discussions with labour leaders.

He raised the issue of the latest increase in the fuel pump price from N160 to N170.

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He said:

“We are in the process of discussing, for over three months now. And they made announcement increasing the fuel price again. And no other person than NNPC. When has authority been giving to NNPC to increase the price of PMS? This is unacceptable."

In a related news report, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked the federal government to reverse the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol without any further delay.

Channels TV reported that the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, in a statement on Monday, November 16, criticised the government and condemned the increase in the price of the product. gathered that the labour union stated that the recent hike in petrol pump price has worsened the level of pain and anguish in the country.

However, the government said the recent upwards increase in petrol pump price was attributed to the announcement of the possibility of having a vaccine for the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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