The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) urges the federal government to revert the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as fuel to it’s old rate of N86.50 per litre or face a nationwide strike that would ground the nation’s economy. The trade unions, gives the federal government till Tuesday night before carrying out it’s strike.
The two trade unions in the country said they will lead Nigerian workers and their civil society allies to shut down the country as from Wednesday morning should the federal government fail to revert the recent increase in the prices
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC took the decision to commence a full and total strike across the country from Wednesday morning, after their meeting at the Labour House, Abuja yesterday evening.
The congress had deferred any formal means of communicating their decision till 12pm today, when they will jointly address the media in a press conference and has also directed all its affiliated unions to set up a monitoring team to monitor and ensure the success of the strike.
Meanwhile, in a communique issued by TUC at the end of its NEC, the NEC-in-Session, yesterday rejected in its entirety the astronomical increase in the price of petrol from N86.50 per litre to N145 per litre and demanded that the Government should revert to the old price regime with immediate effect.
The communique signed by TUC president, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Ag general Secretary, Comrade Simeso Amachree gave the Federal Government up till Wednesday, May 18, 2016 to invite the leadership of labour for discussion aimed at determining the appropriate way forward.
“The NEC-in-Session also directed the leadership of the TUC to interface with the NLC and the Civil Society Allies to work out action plans that would put in place to protest the insensitive fuel price hike should the Government fail to meet the Wednesday, 18th May, 2016 deadline,” the communique stated.
TUC said after deliberating extensively on the recent increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by the federal government, it became imperative for the government to revert to the old pump price of fuel.
”The NEC-in-Session rejected in its entirety the astronomical increase in the price of petrol from N86.50 per litre to N145 per litre and demanded that the government should revert to the old price regime with immediate effect”