Why we walked out of meeting with FG -NLC

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Organised Labour says it has not yet adopted nationwide strike as the next line of action in spite of the breakdown of dialogue between government and organised labour on the hike in the petroleum pump price and electricity tariff.

Speaking, Mr Muhammed Idris, NLC Deputy President, explained why labour walked out of the meeting with government on Sunday.

Idris said that what they had prioritised as urgent was the increment of fuel price and electricity tariff before delving into the issue of palliatives.

He said that all efforts to make the government see reason failed and given the tense situation, labour had no option than a walk out.

“This is despite the patriotic understanding of labour which has drawn the flak of the public which think we are not doing enough to protect their interests on the issues of petroleum products and electricity tariffs.

“The terms and conditions for putting the protest on hold were clearly spelt out in the Memorandum of Understanding.

The Organised Labour on Sunday at a reconvened meeting with Federal Government aimed at addressing the increase in price of fuel and electricity tariff staged a walkout.

The meeting was necessitated by the recent increase in pump price of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise called petrol, from N160 per litre to N170 and the increase of electricity tariff.

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