Nigerian Labour Union Suspends Strike Action


THE Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has announced the suspension of the eight-day old strikes, rallies and protests against the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.


The announcement is coming on the heel of a reduction in the price of petrol from N141 to N97 per litre by the federal government, which was announced by President Goodluck Jonathan in a nationwide broadcast earlier in the morning.


Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar and his TUC counterpart, Peter Esele said though the new pump price of N97 per litre was done unilaterally by the federal government, the experiences of the past eight days would ensure that no government will take Nigerians for granted again.


'In view of the foregoing Labour and its allies formerly announce the suspension of strikes, mass rallies and protests across the country,' the labour leaders said.


The Labour leaders also demanded that those who perpetrated violence against unharmed protesters should be brought to justice, while also calling for the release of those arrested and being detained during the protests and rallies.


'We thank all Nigerians, especially market women, artisans, youths, students, the Nigeria Bar Association, the Nigeria Medical Association, the National Assembly, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, artistes and Nigerians in the Diaspora for their invaluable support during the strikes, rallies and protests', Labour said


Nigeria Had Lost About $4.5 billion to the strike

The issues surrounding the strike have not been completely resolved