Strike looms as labour disagrees with FG walks out from meeting with Nigerian govt

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Yesterday the Labour union representatives staged a walk-out from a meeting with the Federal Government.

They walked out of the meeting with FG barely five minutes after it started.

Quadri Olaleye, the President of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, told Channels Television that the hike in petrol and electricity tariffs were top on the meeting agenda and not issues of palliatives.

The President also accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of dishonesty and painting the organized labour in a bad light before the general public.

Quadri Olaleye said, “This meeting is not going to be as usual. Why, because we have seen the government’s insincerity, and it’s putting us at risk. They are taking us for a ride, which cannot continue.

“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 cost of PMS? This is unacceptable.

 “The meeting agenda is not well prioritized. 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 Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva, Minister of state for power, Goddy Agba and the Secretary to the Government, Boss Mustapha and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented the Federal Government alongside the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo.

Najeem Yasin, its Deputy President, represented the National Labour Congress.

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