Chris Steven, Abuja
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has called off the indefinite nationwide strike it commenced last week Wednesday to demand for the reversal of the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol from N145 per liter to N86.50 as announced by the Federal Government.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba who announced the suspension of the strike at the end of an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Congress held in Abuja on Sunday said NLC was prepared to enter negotiation with the federal government.
Comrade Wabba who read the communique issued at the end of the meeting said the suspension of the strike followed due consultation with constituents of the Congress.
He explained that the Labour Movement would resume negotiation with the twin issues of the hike in electricity tariff and increase in the pump price of petroleum products and any other issue that may arise.
The decision to suspend the strike followed the intervention of the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who had last Friday pleaded with the Labour leaders to in the interest of the nation call off the strike.
Asiwaju Tinubu had led a high powered delegation comprising of Governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola, Senator Kabiru Marafa, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, Idi Farouk and immediate former President of NLC, Omar Abdulwahid to the Paschal Bafyau Headquarters of NLC in Abuja to appeal to the Congress to sheathe its sword.
Comrade Wabba who received the APC leaders on behalf of the Congress, promised at the meeting that the Congress would be considerate the request made by Asiwaju Tinubu even as he assured that the Labour union was opened to discussion.
He said NLC remains committed to genuine dialogue within the framework of internationally established and recognised principles of representation.
Speaking on the impacts of the strike, the NLC President said that the NEC adjudged the protest action to be a success in spite of both internal and external challenges noting that the temptation to compare the 2012 mass action and the just ended was there but that the actors and scenarios have changed.
He said the NEC reiterated the correctness of its position on the twin-issues of electricity tariff hike and astronomical increase in the pump price of PMS and the hardship they portend for Nigerian masses.