From all indications, the meeting between the Federal Government, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the hike in pump price of petrol and the proposed strike action by organized labour came to a dead end yesterday night.
Vanguard reports that NLC and its affiliates have vowed to go ahead with the industrial action, scheduled to commence tomorrow if the Federal Government fails to reverse to old pump price of petrol
The two unions had demanded for an increase in minimum wage, and the Federal Government should put all the nation’s refineries to optimal use besides putting all necessary palliatives measures before deregulation of oil.
The Federal Government had however pleaded with the labour organisations to see reasons with its action and shelve its planned strike, saying it was open to dialogue with the bodies.
The meeting was attended by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal; Minister of State Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu; Ministers of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma; Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi;NLC President, AyubaWaba; NLC General Secretary, Peter Ozo-Esun; NUPENG president, Igwe Achese; PENGASSAN President, Olabode Johnson; TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator ItaEnang; and Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomole.
Briefing pressmen at the end of the 4-hour session, SGFB abachir Lawal said both parties had “a fruitful discussion and will continue from where we stopped”, reports The Punch.
The meeting will resume at 3pm today.
The Federal Government however started another round of meeting with the Joe Ajaero-led faction of the labour movement at about 12.15am on Tuesday after its meeting with the Ayuba Wabba-led Nigeria Labour Congress.
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