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Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union suspends strike

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Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has discontinued its intended national strike that may have begun at this time, Monday, September 28, in revolt towards the increase in the pump price of fuel and electrical energy tariff.

Earlier, there have been clues that the Federal Government and NLC may attain a settlement to prevent the looming federal strike.

Festus Keyamo (SAN), the Minister of State, Labour, and Employment, twittered that there was hope the economic crisis is perhaps averted.

He said on his verified Twitter handle(@fkeyamo): “Still negotiating with labour at exactly 12.34 am. Some progress has been made. Concrete proposals on the table from both sides.

“Details being worked on by the temporary Secretariat. Gradually moving towards a point of convergence. Let’s hope….”

Similarly, a source informed that it is apparent that the tariff will probably be withdrawn for 2 weeks, however, stated nothing special about the fuel pump price. Said Vanguard.

The source additionally stated that a combined government/Labour committee can be set up to evaluate the problems inside those two weeks.

It further discovered that a communique is being worked out, a sign that some form of settlement had been reached at.

Recall that it was earlier announced that the problem of pump price hike had connections with the IMF, the World Bank, and different international finance bodies indebted to by Nigeria.

Details of the settlement entered by parties will comply with, soon.

UPDATED:

The association of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress have discontinued Monday’s national strike observing consensuses entered with the federal authorities.

The piece of the settlement achieved embody change of the new electrical energy rate for an interval of two weeks pending the result of a technical.

The panel is to take a look at the new tariff administration and metering amongst others for additional insight.

In a communique read by Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, stated each organized labour and government agreed that another steering panel be established on the petroleum downstream to make sure the nation lessens importation by overhauling the present refineries.

Further pacts attained include A certain amount to be revealed by the federal government in two weeks’ time which will probably be separated from the Economic Sustainability Programme Intervention Fund and be accessed by Nigerian Workers with succeeding provision for 240,000 under the supervision of TUC and NLC for taking part in agricultural endeavors via the CBN and the Ministry of Agriculture. The timeline will probably be fastened on the subsequent meeting.

Agreements have been touched that the FG will stimulate the elimination of the levy on minimal wage as a means of softening the consequences of the policy on the lowest vulnerable.

Also will make accessible to organized labour 133 CNG/LPG driven mass transit buses hastily and provide to the foremost cities throughout the country on a scale-up footing thereafter to all States and Local Governments earlier than December 2021.

The meeting more so came to terms that 10% be allotted to Nigerian employees under the continuing Ministry of Housing and Finance initiative through the NLC and TUC.

SOURCE: Scannews24.com
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