Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has suspended its planned nationwide strike that would have started today, Monday, September 28, in protest against the hike in pump price of fuel and electricity tariff.

Earlier, there were indications that the Federal Government and NLC might reach an agreement to avert the looming nationwide industrial action. 

Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo(SAN) tweeted that there was hope the industrial crisis might be avoided. 

He stated on his verified Twitter handle(@fkeyamo): “Still negotiating with labour at exactly 12.34am. 

Some progress has been made. Concrete proposals on the table from both sides. “Details being worked on by the temporary Secretariat. Gradually moving towards a point of convergence. Let’s hope….”

Furthermore, a source told Ngrealnews that the new electricity tariff has been suspended but the new fuel pump price remains.  Also, the source indicated that the federal government it working out palliatives for workers and has set up committee to look into the conflicting areas of the report justifying the hike in price. The committee is being headed by the Minister for Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige

The source also said a joint government/labour committee will be set up to review the issues within those two weeks. 

We further gathered that a communique is being worked out, an indication that an agreement had been reached. 

Recall that  the issue of pump price hike had been linked with IMF, the World Bank and other international finance bodies Nigeria is indebted to. 

Details of the agreement reached by parties will be unveiled soon, it was learnt.

It would be recalled that yesterday NLC and TUC insisted that strike will begin today

Following their meeting with Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have refused to suspend their planned nationwide strike that will commence today (Monday).

The leaders of the labour unions had announced their readiness to stage protests and embark on a nationwide strike on Monday, September 28, 2020, if the government fails to revert the hikes.

Before the meeting, Gbajabiamila had urged the labour leaders to suspend the proposed industrial action.

But the President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, and his TUC counterpart Quadri Olaleye have decried the Federal Government’s reluctance to revert the price hikes in petroleum and electricity tariff.

Speaking after the meeting with Gbajabiamila on Saturday, Wabba said, “all the actions pronounced will be taken as the notice expires tomorrow”.

The NLC president commended the Speaker for intervening in the crisis between the workers and the government.

He said, “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.

“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 with union leaders.

Wabba also insisted that the organised labour has not received any court order stopping them from staging protests and embarking on strike action to press home their demands.

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