Confusion as TUC suspends strike, NLC commences strike



Kunle Kalejaye

18 May 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos — Trade Union Congress, TUC and Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC appears not to be on the same page with regard to planned strike over the price increase of petrol by the Federal Government.

‎This is as a result of a letter issued by TUC before12:00 midnight ‎on Tuesday to all its affiliate members calling for the suspension of its strike action base on agreement reach with the Federal Government.

‎”Therefore, all affiliates and members of TUC in Rivers State are hereby directed to go about their normal business. TUC will not participate in any strike action,” the letter signed by comrade Chika ‎Onuegbu stated.

Meanwhile, the Ayuba led faction of NLC stormed out of the meeting with representatives of the Federal Government saying that they will mobilise their members for an indefinite strike from Wednesday to protest the price increase of petrol.

In another development, ‎the Federal Government and the Joe Ajaero-led faction of the NLC have agreed to set up a joint technical committee to review the new fuel pump price template of N135-N145 within the next two weeks.

The two parties also agreed that the committee would work towards reviewing the current national minimum wage of N18, 000.

“The committee has agreed to review the national minimum wage, look at the issue of the N5 million social investment, looking at re-constituting the PPPRA board ‎and review the N145 pump price of petrol.

“The committee is to report back in two weeks time. I won’t like to drag it more than this than to say that this is the summary of the agreement we arrived at this evening,” Joe Ajearo said.

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