The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) said Thursday that government never consulted them on the recent price hike of premium motor spirit otherwise known as Petrol nor allow them to make input before the announcement. In a state signed by the President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Acting Secretary General, Comrade (Barr.) Simeso Amachree described the presence of organised labour at the meeting where the decision was taken as “premeditated ambush by the government which clearly did not invite us for any dialogue”.
The Congress said they were unaware of how the government arrived at the new price as well as the decision of the government to allow market forces alone determine the cost of the product. The statement explain that when the government brought up the issue of a price increase, leaders of organised labour present at the meeting requested for time to consult their various organs and report back and were allowed to leave the meeting for consultation.