FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OPTS FOR DIALOGUE WITH LABOUR TO PREVENT STRIKE

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Following threats to embark on a nationwide strike over the new fuel price, the Federal Government plans to hold talks with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal might lead the government’s team which will include some ministers, it was learnt last night.

The two Labour centres at the weekend gave a 72-day ultimatum to the federal government to reverse the new petrol price of N145 cap or face mass action including strike and lock outs. A top official said yesterday that although the ultimatum is illegal, the Presidency will still give room for dialogue. The source said: “The government is inviting the NLC and TUC leaders for dialogue on the new pump price.

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