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NLC commences strike Wednesday after failed talks with FG

NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba bent on strfike

The Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC] and its counterpart, the Trade Union Congress [TUC] have commenced a nationwide strike on Wednesday, May 18.

That was after talks between the federal government and the Ayuba Wabba-led NLC ended in a deadlock.

The NLC delegation to the meeting was led by its President, Mr Ayuba Wabba.

Wabba walked out of the negotiation following the inability of the two parties to reach an agreement.

Mr Wabba thereafter told journalists that the strike will hold on Wednesday as planned.

The federal government earlier reached an agreement with the Joe Ajaero-led faction of the NLC to set up a committee.

The committee is meant to resolve agitations over the new pump price of petrol.

The committee is expected to:

– address the downward review of the pump price, 

– determine new minimum wage and,

– consult with the PPPRA for effective price regulation of petroleum products.

The committee is to submit its report in two weeks, according to Channels TV correspondent at the venue of the meeting.

The leadership of the NLC have been divided over the threat to embark on the national industrial action in an attempt to coerce the government to revert the increase in price of petrol.

The National Industrial Court, earlier on Tuesday had restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) from going on its planned strike on Wednesday.

The court suspended it pending the hearing and determination of a suit brought before it by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

The Attorney General, Abubakar Malami, dragged the NLC to the Industrial Court.

He sought an order of the court restraining the NLC from proceeding with the planned strike.

He had sought the order on the ground that the strike would paralyse the nation’s economy.

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