Fuel, Electricity tarrif hike: FG sets to meet NLC, TUC

The Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled its plan to meet with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, over the hike in the electricity tarrif rate and the price of petrol lump price.

This meeting is focused on preventing the organized unions from embarking on their indefinite strike action plans.

NLC and TUC has jointly declared their plans of embarking on an indefinite strike over the Federal government’s plan, which is to commence by Tuesday with a protest.

Both unions said they would collaborate to execute the industrial action for maximum effect.

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However, in an email obtained by PUNCH on Wednesday, the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations to the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, said the federal government is ready to meet with the unions for dialogue.

The email also disclosed that the FG is expected to unveil its palliative plans during the parley which would hold at the Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

It reads; “The Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige will be hosting a meeting with the Organised Labour. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2020, and the venue is the Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, by 3pm.”

Meanwhile, the FG and the unions had met penultimate Tuesday but the dialogue ended in a deadlock following the failure of the government to reverse the price increase or offer palliatives to cushion the effects on the workers, which has led to the two unions to declare indefinite strike.

Rising from the meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, the National Executive Council of the NLC comprising the chairpersons of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory endorsed the decision earlier taken by the Central Working Committee of the Congress on the strike last Wednesday.

The CWC had handed down a two-week ultimatum to the FG to reverse the price hike or face industrial action.

The TUC had also mobilized its affiliate members to participate in the proposed civil disobedience.

You’ll recall that the Federal government increased the price of electricity tarrif alongside the pump price of petrol.

This has however generated an uproar with different groups calling on the FG to revert the order, however, theze various calls has fell on the deaf ears of the government with no actions or considerations taken.

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