NLC suspends strike, resumes talks
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has suspended its five-day industrial action embarked upon to protest against the increase in the pump price of petrol as well as electricity tariffs.
Announcing the suspension yesterday in Abuja after an emergency meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC), the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the congress would also be resuming negotiation with the Federal Government on the issues .
He said: “ After due consultation with its constituents the NLC resolved to suspend with immediate effect, the action it commenced on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
“The action is thus hereby suspended. Congress will resume negotiations with government on the twin issues of the hike in electricity tariff and an increase in the pump price of petrol products and any other issue that may arise thereof.”
Wabba stated that the NLC remained committed to genuine dialogue within the framework of internationally established and recognised principles of representation.
He insisted that the suspension of the strike was not an abdication of its responsibilities to the Nigerian workers saying: “The Congress will continue to resist wrong legislations, policies and programmes and will always act in the best interest of Nigerians as it remains the only pan-Nigerian organisation not affected by religion, region, creed, partisanship or primordial sentiments.”