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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26th, 2004 HOME | Previous Page

Labour leaders meet today on new strike

By Victor Ebimomi

Reporter, Lagos

 

Hazy details on a potential second phase of the nationwide strike over fuel price hikes would become clearer today when the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) meets in Abuja to discuss the matter.

NEC member Monday Aguele confirmed in an interview that the meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m at Labour House and top on the agenda is the step to be taken since the government has refused to revert to the old fuel prices.

Aguele, President of the Steel and Engineering Workers Union of Nigeria (SEWUN), added that a scrutiny of the activities of the palliative committee set up in the wake of the last warning strike would also be conducted.

Said he: “We are having our NEC meeting tomorrow (today). We want to review the last strike. As you know the price of fuel has been increased. We want to know what happens at state industrial unions; the level of participation and what we can do now that the government has failed to revert the prices.

“We also want to look at the committee that has been set up in which the congress president is a member. We want to hear what has happened, so that we will be able to review what we are going to do next”.

On its part, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria TUC will meet on Wednesday to take a decision on the next line of action.

Its General Secretary John Kolawole said Labour and civil society groups will also meet on Sunday to harmonise their positions.

The Labour and the Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) embarked on a four-day warning strike from October 11 to 14 to force the government to revert the prices, raised on September 23.

After the action ended, the coalition gave the government a two-week ultimatum, which expires this Thursday, with a threat to resume it if its demands are not met.

Labour has promised that the next phase of the strike would be total.

Meanwhile, rather than a reversal of the prices, there are indications that they could continue to soar at the whims and caprices of oil marketers.

Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Executive Secretary Olawale Olaleye stated last week that the agency could not guarantee that pump prices would remain at N53 per litre, and that they would be left to market forces.

 

 


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