FG and NLC Resume Discussions on Subsidy Removal as Nationwide Strike Looms.
The Federal Government has reconvened a meeting with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to continue talks about the removal of petroleum subsidy.
President of NLC, Joe Ajaero, and his national executives arrived at the Presidential Villa for the meeting, joined by the newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL, Mele Kyari.
This second meeting occurred less than a week after the previous one, 48 hours before the NLC’s planned nationwide strike against subsidy removal.
Earlier, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) met with the FG committee and presented their demands, including an increase in the minimum wage and a temporary reversal to the old pump price while negotiations continue.
Following President Tinubu’s announcement that the subsidy on fuel is eliminated, fuel prices have risen, leading to shortages across the country. The labor unions have called for a return to the old pump price and made other demands, prompting the NLC to issue an ultimatum.
To prevent a national shutdown, the government has been actively engaging with organized labor in order to find a compromise.