Fuel subsidy removal: NLC shuns meeting with FG

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Sunday, boycotted further talks with Federal Government, following the removal of petrol subsidy by the President Bola Tinubu, which has seen prices of fuel shooting up to between N490 to N700 across the country.

Frontier News gathered that NLC is insisted on the reversal of the price to the pre-May 29 price by the Federal Government before any further talks.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu in him inaugural address, had said subsidy was gone, which precipitated an increase in fuel prices, as most petrol stations across the country hiked pump price of fuel.

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Recall also that the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, had on May 31, announced a new price regime for fuel, in what experts said was fixing of prices, as against claims of subsidy removal.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government on Sunday, resumed talks with Trade Union Congress, TUC, on subsidy removal and adjourned to Tuesday for the two parties to consider different demands made.

It was gathered that the TUC, had at the meeting demanded a review of the minimum wage to reflect the economic realities of the time and the government promised to set up a tripartite committee to that effect.

Frontier News, meanwhile, learned that minimum wage negotiation is suppose to take place every five years.

Speaking after the meeting with State House correspondents, the leader of the government delegation, Dele Alake said: “Well, as you all know, we had this reconvened meeting today as we promised you few days ago when we had the initial meeting with the Labour movement.

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“We said we were going to reconvened today to keep the engagement on in order to diffuse the tension in the land as a result of the withdrawal of subsidy, which is a reality.

“Now, we are very happy to announced to Nigerians that this engagement has been very productive. The TUC that attended today’s meeting presented a list of demands and those demands we have studied and we are going to present to Mr President, for his consideration.”

 

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