Organized Labour Demands Unconditional Reversal Of Fuel Price And Electricity Tariff

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Organized Labour has insisted on an immediate reversal of fuel price and electricity tariff, failure of which they said would lead to nationwide protests and industrial action.

The leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) stated this on Thursday at a meeting with representatives of the Federal Government in Abuja.

This is the second time the Federal Government is meeting with the organized Labour with a view to averting the industrial action which the labour movement vowed to embark upon, to protest the recent increase in the prices of petrol and electricity.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha is leading the government’s team, comprising of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman and the Minister of State for Petroleum Timipre Sylva.

The SGF explained that no government decision taken is intended to cause any harm to the workers.

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He disclosed that the transition committee after President Buhari was first elected recommended the need for deregulation of the petroleum sector and energy sufficiency.

Mustapha maintained that it has now become inevitable for the government to take the very painful decision, in the best interest of the country and to cushion the effects of the pandemic on the economy.

On their part, the labour leaders decried that the 30,000 naira minimum wage was agreed last year, only to face an increase in electricity tariff, fuel price increase, VAT increase.

They accused the Federal Government of eroding the middle class while demanding that the government should reverse it’s decisions first, then invite the union for discussions.

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