Labour suspends proposed strike, as Federal Government reverses electricity tariff hike
Organized labour has suspended the proposed strike action earlier scheduled to commence today over increase in prices of petrol and electricity tariff.
The suspension was contained in a communiqué jointly signed by labour leaders and the Federal Government representatives, and read by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, at the end of the meeting that lasted about seven hours.
According to the communique, the parties agreed to set up a Technical Committee comprising Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Nigeria Labour Congress – NLC and Trade Union Congress – TUC, which will work for two weeks, effective today, to examine the justifications for the new policy, metering deployment, challenges and timeline for massive roll out. Within the two weeks, DISCOs are ordered to suspend the application of the cost-reflective electricity tariff adjustments.
On increase in petrol, the government made available some palliatives to the labour stating that it will implement a specific amount to be unveiled by the government in two weeks. It added that time will be isolated from the Economic Sustainability Programme Intervention Fund and be accessed by Nigerian Workers with subsequent provision for 240,000 under the auspices of NLC and TUC for participation in agricultural ventures through the CBN and the Ministry of Agriculture.
It further noted that the Federal Government will facilitate the removal of tax on minimum wage as a way of cushioning the impacts of the policy on the lowest vulnerable. The Federal Government also agreed to immediately make available to organized labour 133 CNG/LPG driven mass transit buses and provide to the major cities across the Country on a scale up basis, then thereafter to all state and local governments before December 2021.
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