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Labour To Embark On Strike Over Increase In Petrol, Electricity Price Tariffs

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on a strike action should the Federal Government not reverse the recent increase in the price of petrol and electricity tariffs.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had approved an increase in the price of petrol and granted electricity distribution companies across the country, the approval to raise electricity tariffs.

However, as part of the decision reached at the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting held in Abuja, the labour union vowed to shut down activities in the country if at the end of Monday, September 28, 2020, the federal government fails to utilise the opportunity to address its demands and reverse the price increase.

Addressing journalists on what the union resolved at, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said: “We met to discuss the twin-challenge of the increases in the electricity tariffs and pump price of petroleum products and clearly speaking, we have looked at particularly workers that earn wages.”

He continued, “So, it was decided that we issue the statutory two weeks’ notice to the federal government to reverse those decisions and in our own case, the NEC also has to sanction it if you want to undertake such actions.

“So, we have summoned the NEC to meet on Tuesday, September 22, for the action that is been proposed for 28th of this month. So, invariably, this is part of the decision of the Central Working Committee consisting of all Presidents and Secretary Generals of our affiliate unions.”

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