The national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has shunned a last-minute reconciliatory meeting convened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, to avert the two-day warning strike already declared by the labour center.
The meeting, which was slated for 3 p.m., was attended only by the leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), led by its President, Festus Osifo.
The NLC had on Friday said it would embark on a two-day warning strike following the failure of the federal government to dialogue and engage stakeholders within the organized labour on efforts to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, on the “poor masses”.
The NLC also accused the police of laying siege at the national headquarters of the National Union of Road Transport Workers; alleged exploitation of the rights of workers in Imo state; interference in trade union matters by the Abia State government and proposed demolition by the new minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, among others.
The NLC’s decision to shun the meeting is a sign that the strike is likely to go ahead as planned. The strike is expected to ground activities in major cities across the country.