The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) yesterday asked the federal government to revert to the old pump price of petrol with immediate effect, giving the government up till May 18, 2016 to invite the leadership of organised Labour for discussion on the way forward. In a communique at the end of an emergency National Executive Council meeting of the Congress in Lagos, the TUC said it will interface with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Civil Society allies to work out action plans that would be put in place to protest the insensitive fuel price hike.
The Communique, signed by the President of Congress, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Ag Secretary-General Comrade Simeso Amachree, reads: “The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) at an emergency meeting, held on Friday 13th May 2016, in Lagos, deliberated extensively on the recent increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol by the Federal Government and passed the following resolutions.
“The NEC-in-Session rejected in its entirety the astronomical increase in the price of petrol from N86.50 per litre to N145 per litre and demanded that the Government should revert to the old price regime with immediate effect. “The NEC in session gave the Federal Government up till Wednesday, 18th May, 2016, to invite the leadership of labour for discussion aimed at determining the appropriate way forward.