Gbajabiamila Appeals To Labour To Cancel Planned Strike

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has met with Organized Labour over the impending strike action in protest of the recent increase in electricity and fuel prices.

The meeting which held at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja was part of efforts to mediate and broker an amicable solution to the deadlock between the workers and the Federal Government.

The Speaker appealed to the unions to shelve the planned strike arguing that Labour cannot go on a strike in good conscience as the consequences will be dire on Nigerians who will feel the hardship caused by the industrial action.

He maintained that the House of Representatives shares the same thoughts and philosophy with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) as regards the plight of workers and the House of Reps championed the cause of free electricity and had advised that the hike in tariff be put in effect from 2021.

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However, Gbajabiamila expressed worries over the consequences of the strike and what will be achieved at the end.

Responding, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba maintained that the increase in electricity tariff and removal of petrol subsidy was bringing hardship on Nigerians and the union is asking the FG to reverse these policy decisions.

Wabba insisted that Labour will continue with its planned strike unless the government makes a u-turn before 12 midnight on Sunday.


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