Labour suspends upcoming strike as FG reverses tariff hike in a meeting on Sunday.
Following a meeting between NLC, TUC versus FG which started at 8.30pm on Sunday and ended at 2:50am this morning, labour has suspended the upcoming strike action that was set to begin today, Monday, 28 September.
After a lot of deliberations o the issues raised by the labour centres, it was agreed that the impending strike be suspended.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Quadri Olaleye, and others signed on behalf of Organised Labour while the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; Minister of State Petroleum, Timipre Silva; Minister of State Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN); Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; and the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and others, signed on behalf of FG.
The parties agreed to set up a technical committee comprising Ministries, Departments, Agencies, NLC and TUC.
The suspension would be lasting for two weeks effective from today, Monday, 28 September.
“During the two weeks, the DISCOs, electricity distribution companies shall suspend the application of the cost-reflective electricity tariff adjustments,” the communique noted.
The meeting also resolved that the 40 per cent stake of government in the DISCO and the stake of workers should be reflected in the composition of the DISCO’s boards.
“To ensure commitment and transparency to the processes and timelines of the rehabilitation exercise, the management of NNPC has offered to integrate the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association into the steering committee already established by the corporation,” the committee stated.
The government and agencies agreed to ensure delivery of 1 million CNG/LPG AutoGas conversion kits, storage skids and even dispensing units under the Nigeria Gas Expansion Programme by December 2021 in order to enable delivery of cheaper transportation and power energy/fuel.
The meeting also resolved that the FG will facilitate the removal of tax on minimum wage as a way of reducing the impacts of the policy on those concerned.
It was also agreed that under the ongoing Ministry of Housing and Finance initiative through the NLC and TUC, ten percent will be allocated to Nigerian workers on Housing.
The government would also make available mass transit buses to and provide to the major cities across the country immediately and then extend it to all states and local governments before December 2021.
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