Fuel, electricity hike: Nationwide strike not yet an option – Organised Labour

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The Nigeria Labour Congress has said it hasn’t yet adopted a nationwide strike as the next line of action despite the breakdown of dialogue between them and the Federal Government over the hike in the electricity tariff and fuel pump price.

Mr. Joe Ajaero, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Deputy President, disclosed this at a news conference jointly organized by Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday in FCT, Abuja.

Recall that NLC has on Sunday at a reconvened meeting with the Federal Government to address the increase in the electricity tariff and price of fuel staged a walkout.

The NLC and FG meeting was necessitated by the recent increase in electricity tariff and pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, from N160 per liter to N170.

The Deputy President also explained that the Nigerian Government had violated the agreements reached with the Organised Labour, adding that the Congress will not start talking about a strike at the slightest provocation.

“Our strike was suspended on September 28 based on certain understanding, and those understanding were being violated, and that was why we raised that alarm yesterday, which led to the walkout.

“We can’t call you out here to announce a strike and the next strategy as if the unions are one-person organization. Part of what we are doing in terms of engagement is to reach out, and if every other means fails, the strike is usually the last option by any union.

 “We don’t just at the slightest provocation start talking about the strike. I think that is not what is on the table now. There are certain disagreements that we are trying to address.

“We say that we cannot accept deregulation that is import-driven and that the refineries must work before you think of it, and then you go into price-fixing.

“Price fixing is not the same thing as deregulation. You can’t regulate in a deregulated market. If they’ve deregulated, the price of the product in Sokoto will not be the same thing as that of Abuja. There will be variations,” it stated.

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