By Joseph Chukwu
June 6, 2023, 4 p.m.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, have suspended the planned nationwide strike over fuel subsidy removal.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila disclosed this on Monday night after a meeting between the federal government and the unions at Aso Villa.
According to him, the Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would establish a joint committee to review the proposal for any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.
“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would review the World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose inclusion of low-income earners in the programme”, a communique signed after the meeting reads in part.
Earlier NLC and TUC had threatened to embark on nationwide strike on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph had reported that the National Industrial Court in Abuja ordered the Labour unions not to embark on strike.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited on Wednesday last week announced a new price template for fuel nationwide.
The development saw fuel pump price increase from N197 per litre to over N500.
Gbajabiamila added that the meeting also agreed to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.
“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.
“The Federal Government provides a framework for the maintenance of roads and expansion of rail networks across the country.
“All other demands submitted by the TUC to the Federal Government will be assessed by the joint committee,” he said.
He stressed that the NLC agreed to suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations as well as continue the ongoing engagements and secure closure on the resolutions.
The resolution was endorsed by the Presidents and Secretaries of the NLC and TUC, and Ms Kachollom Daju, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour Employment.