Organised Labour has walked out of a meeting with the federal government to address the plight of Nigerians as a result of hikes in fuel price and electricity tariff.
At the resumed meeting over the industrial dispute at the Presidential Villa on Sunday in Abuja, organised labour expressed disappointment at the manner in which the federal government treated its negotiations with the unions.
The labour unions condemned the decision of government to further increase fuel price while discussion was still not concluded on the effects of the earlier hike in prices.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Quadiri Olaleye described government’s action as a slap on the face of labour and an attempt to blackmail them in the minds of the public as compromised fellows.
He accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of dishonesty noting that the government was yet to implement the promises it made to labour during the previous meetings.
“We are in the process of discussing, for over three months now. And they made an announcement increasing the fuel price again. And no other person than NNPC. When has authority been given to NNPC to increase the price of PMS? This is unacceptable.
“The meeting agenda is not well prioritised. And because of that, we are leaving the meeting. We will not continue, we will go back to our organ, and we are going to get back to you on the next line of action.”
The walkout by labour reportedly happened when the Deputy President of NLC, Joe Ajero, insisted that the issue of the recent increase in fuel price should be put first on the agenda for discussion but the government side said that it would rather have other issues deliberated on before delving into the fuel price increase.
At this stage, there was heated argument between from both sides, leading to the walkout by labour.