Labour faction stands alone on strike

The Ayuba Wabba led Nigeria Labour Congress, has insisted on going on with the nationwide strike, calling on all its members to down tools, beginning today, Wednesday.

Organized labour in Nigeria remains divided on the issu.

Rising from their rescheduled meetings with representatives of the federal government, the Ajaero led  faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, and all its affiliates, have dissociated themselves from the strike and asked all their members to report to their duty post on Wednesday, unfailingly.

Addressing the media, after walking out on the meeting with the government, Wabba said that his position was the outcome of the consultation made on Tuesday with the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the congress.

He said that labour is not prepared to succumb to being a party to the suffering of Nigerians by accepting the N145 pump price of petrol, calling on all Nigerians to resist what he called the anti-masses policy.

President, TUC, Bobboi Kaigama, and leader of the other faction of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, said they are pulling out of the struggle because all avenues for dialogue were not exhausted.

The two groups said they had meaningful discussions with the government where they agreed to revisit the issue of the national minimum wage and the half a trillion naira government social safety net intervention.

The meeting also agreed to set up a fifteen man technical committee that will to study and work out palliatives to cushion the by other Unions and the other faction of the NLC, for Wednesday.

This was the position of the faction at the end of its meeting with representatives of the federal government which started on Monday and ended just before the 12 midnight deadline on Tuesday.