…keeps mum on fuel price, to set up tripartite c’ttee on minimum wage review
…to reconvene on June 19
The organised labour under the aegis of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), have suspended their proposed strike, which was scheduled to commence on Wednesday, June 7, over the increase in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise known as fuel.
Addressing the State House Correspondents after a meeting held at the Presidential Villa between the Federal Government and the two trade centres, the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said that the Labour leaders reached the decision after an extensive deliberation.
The meeting, which lasted over five hours, had the NLC President and TUC President with their secretary and other officials in attendance.
According to the Speaker, some of the resolutions of engagement between the NLC, TUC and the Federal Government to resolve the issues associated with the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) includes; establishing a joint committee of Federal government, NLC and TUC to review the proposal for any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.
“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC to review World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.
“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labor centers in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.
“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.
“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.
“The Federal Government to provide a framework for the maintenance of roads and expansion of rail networks across the country.
“All other demands submitted by the TUC to the Federal Government will be assessed by the joint committee.”
Consequently, the parties agreed follows; that the NLC would suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations.
“That the TUC and the NLC to continue the ongoing engagements with the Federal Government and secure closure on the resolutions above.
“The Labour Centres and the Federal Government to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework.”