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Labour Suspends Nationwide Strike

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*As FG agrees to suspend electricity tarrif, retains fuel subsidy removal

Jude Johnson

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have suspended the proposed nationwide strike scheduled to begin Monday (today) following a last minute agreement reached with the Federal Government in the early hours.

Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr. Festus Keyamo in an announcement after sealing the deal with the national leadership of the NLC and TUC at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa said with this development, “strike suspended” by the Labour unions.

“FG and Labour reach agreement at 2:53am. Deregulation to stay as Govt rolls out palliatives for labour (details in 2 weeks); Electricity tariffs suspended by Govt for 2 weeks with a joint Committee headed by @fkeyamo to examine the justification for the new policy. Strike suspended”, Keyamo announced on his social media.

The NLC and TUC are yet to formally comment or withdraw their actions though the agreement document containing the signatures of the labour leaders has been circulated by the Federal Government.

“STRIKE BEGINS TOMMOROW MONDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER, UNLESS OUR DEMANDS ARE MET – NLC”, the last post on the Twitter handle of the NLC still remained in place hours after the signing of the agreement by the Ayuba Wabba-led national executive of the NLC.

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari confirmed the signing of the agreement that led to the suspension of the strike.

“We reached accord to suspend¹ the planned strike action, great responsibility for both Govt and Labour, all serving the common good, beneficial challenge for NNPC, we will follow through diligently”, Kyari said.”

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Kyari said “Being a former Union leader, I understand the difficulties of Labour leadership when faced with choices between stark realities and legitimate follower expectations. The leadership chose the pursuit of common good and posterity will vindicate us all for standing with our country.”

TUC leadership is yet to also comment on the new development despite signing the agreement with the government.

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