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Why Labour Called Off Scheduled Strike

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The Nigerian Labour Congress has giving reasons why it called off the strike scheduled to take effect from Monday 28 September 2020. The two weeks planned action between the Nigerian Government and NLC, TUC.

Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had on the 26 September 2020 told newsmen in Lagos that the Federal Government cannot afford to pay for the cost of subsidy due to the prevailing economic situations.

Strike suspension
The hike in electricity tariff and fuel pump price had sparked different reactions from across the country. The new price of petrol which skyrocketed from 145 per litre to 165 naira per litre as well as the increment in electric tariff is enough reason to spark industrial action.

According to the Vanguard news report, the two weeks warning strike was suspended early on Monday morning after several hours of deliberation between the organised labour and the Government with their representatives.

In a report aired by the News agency of Nigeria as revealed by the Vanguard, the Labour and the Trade Union Congress had warned that if the Government went ahead with the hike in both products, they will ensure a two weeks action starting from Monday 28 2020.

In a bid to stop the planned strike, the parties involved which include the Minister of Labour, Mr Chris Ngige, the Nigerian Labour Congress Chairman, Mr Ayuba Wabba, and the Trade Union Congress counterpart, Mr Quadiri Olaleye had reached on a certain agreement based on the Nations interest.

Several reasons as pointed out by Vanguard which led to the suspension are:
  1. Seven Men Technical Committee are to be deployed for two weeks to look into the cause of the new cost tariff and how to resolve it.
  2. Refurbishment of four local refineries of which one is nearing completion which will lead to the stoppage of the importation of refined crude so as to mitigate the cost of selling.
  3. The government will remove the tax on minimum wage, provide quite a number of buses in different states and local governments for the labour members as well as the provision of houses for them under the FHM.
  4. Government to pay a certain undisclosed amount of money to its workers which can be accessed through the CBN and Ministry of Agriculture for those who wish to start up agriculture-related activity.

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