CITIZENS COMPASS – THE meeting between Organised Labour and Federal Government, at the Presidential Villa on Monday, July 31, 2023, again ended in deadlock.
This is as the organised labour says its nationwide strike to protest the removal of petroleum subsidy will proceed as planned.
The strike is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
The unions, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), spoke after a meeting with government representatives at the presidential villa on Monday.
Joe Ajaero, president of the NLC, said the plan for workers to engage in a peaceful protest starting from Wednesday remains unchanged.
He dismissed fears of the protest being hijacked by hoodlums, saying that such incidents have never occurred in the history of workers’ protests.
Participants in Monday’s meeting included Ajaero, representatives from the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and other delegates from the labour unions.
On the government side, attendees included Femi Gbajabiamila, the chief of staff to the president; Mele Kyari, group chief executive officer of Nigerian National Petroleum company Limited (NNPCL); among others.
The meeting of the labour unions and government representatives was then adjourned till 12 noon on Tuesday.