The Leaders of the Nigerian labour Congress (NLC) have walked out of a meeting with the government, as they vowed to embark on an industrial action today (Wednesday).
Premium Times gathered that the meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, and other officials of government was convened in an attempt to broker a last minute truce on the matter.
The strike is coming despite an order by the National Industrial Court restraining labour from going ahead with the threat.
Labour had condemned the government’s decision to increase petrol price from N86.50 to N145 per litre, and vowed to resist the policy.
However, the News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Trade Union Congress (TUC) also threatened strike, but pulled out of the plan on Tuesday night.
Also backing out of the industrial action is a faction of the NLC, which is supervised by Comrade Joe Ajaero.
Since the Wabba faction stormed out of a meeting with the FG, the government then decided to turn to the Ajaero faction for further dialogue.
Ajaero said: “We have condemned the increase and called for negotiation and reversal. It was on the basis of our calls that this meeting was summoned for us to meet and find the way forward.”
“If we wanted to be serious about an action, you can’t call for an action on Wednesday. It is only an action that is sold out that is called for Wednesday so that by Friday, you say you have strike lethargy and call it off.”