The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has urged the Federal Government to reverse its decision to remove fuel subsidy.
Mr Festus Osifo, President of the TUC, addressed to media at the end of an emergency meeting of the congress’s National Executive Council (NEC) on Friday in Abuja.
According to Osifo, the TUC is unhappy with the Federal Government’s unilateral decision to remove the subsidy.
He said that the TUC expected the government to engage organised labour.
“Having taken note of this, we would like to state that the NEC-in-session resolved that discussions with the Federal Government should continue while demanding that the government revert to the status quo ante.”
“We should maintain the status quo ante while discussions continue, as we discussed with the government on Wednesday.”
“During that discussion, they gave us a list of everything they planned to do, and they also demanded to know what we were thinking and what we were putting up.”
“We told them the lists of things we want to put forward, we will not submit them now, but will put them forward to our organs to discuss and seek a mandate from them on what we can put forward,” he added.
According to Osifo, the union’s next line of action would be determined by how the government reacts to the TUC’s demands.
“We will wait till Sunday, when we will meet with government representatives.”
“Once we finish that meeting, the TUC will present its demands; how they respond to those demands will determine our next course of action,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress had its NEC meeting and announced a nationwide strike from June 7 if the issue of fuel subsidy removal and price hike is not resolved.
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