Labour Unions insist strike will begin on Monday

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have refused to suspend their plan to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday.

The two unions had resolved to go on strike on Monday to protest against the recent hikes in pump price of petroleum and electricity tariff.

But when they met with the house of Representatives leadership in Abuja on Sunday, speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, asked the unions to shelve the plan to give room for negotiations.

However, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, and his TUC counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, condemned the government’s delay in reversing the hikes as demanded.

Speaking after the meeting, Wabba said if the issues are not addressed, “all the actions pronounced will be taken as the notice expires tomorrow”.

He, however, commended the house leadership for its intervention.

“We also told him how the meeting with federal government went and how the meeting was adjourned and he has promised to also intervene at his own level to see that we don’t inflict more pains on Nigerians,” he said.

“In the course of the discussion, we have also realised that the house of representatives has done a lot on the issue including recommendations which they have shared mutually.”

Wabba said the organised labour has not been served with any restraining order from a court in respect to the planned strike, and he asked the federal government not to ambush the unions with any court action.

“There is a valid judgement of the federal high court stopping the tariff increase and  that judgement is still subsisting,” he said.

The national industrial court in Abuja had granted an order of interim injunction restraining the labour unions from embarking on the strike pending the hearing and determination of a motion before it.

But NLC general secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, said in a statement that the unions will go ahead with the strike and asked members to mobilise for a protest.

Head of civil service, Folasade Yemi-Esan, warned federal civil servants not to join the planned strike.

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