There was a meeting between the Federal Government, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), to review the hike in fuel, electricity hike.
However, the meeting was adjourned till Monday as both parties failed to agree on terms for the resolution of the dispute over the increase in petrol price and electricity tariffs in the country.
Therefore, the planned industrial action scheduled for Monday by the labour unions is put in abeyance, pending further consultations with their various organs during the weekend on the offers made by the federal government to cushion the effects of the price hikes on workers.
In the meantime, the National Industrial Court has granted an interim injunction restraining the NLC and TUC, their officers, affiliates and privies from embarking on any strike or stoppage of work from Monday, September, 28 2020.
However, Mr. Boss Mustapha, The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who led the government team didnt cease to inform the unions that Buhari asked him to reassure Nigerians that the government’s decision petrol price and Electricity tariff was not to cause any pain whatsoever.
Senator Chris Ngige, The Minister of Labour and Employment, who spoke with journalists after the meeting said:
“Fruitful meeting. They are going back to their organs. When they consult their organs tomorrow, next tomorrow may be they will take a new decision.
“We have requested them to shelve the strike. We have appealed to them to shelve the strike.
“The government side agreed proposals with them on the palliative to cushion the effect of the rise in petroleum products and electricity.”
The meeting agreed to adjourn till Monday.