There are intense moves by government to avert a massive workers’ strike over the fuel price increase – from N86.50kobo to N145 – began at the weekend.
Labour unions are planning to go on strike as from Wednesday to force a reversal of the increase. But the Federal Government is calling for talks to stop the action.
It was learnt that the government has been working very hard to convince labour leaders to shelve the strike.
The government has said the new price regime came about because there is no forex for importers who must now source for their forex from secondary sources and import in a deregulated environment.
But labour seems adamant ,it has called on Nigerians to stockpile food items in readiness for the mother of all strike.
Speaking on a live television interview last night,the Vice President of the NLC,said the government MUST revert to the old price of N86 before any meaningful negotiation could start.
When asked to comment on the position of NUPENG and PENGASSAN which has opted out of the strike.
The labour leader said the officers of the Unions didn’t have the mandate of the union to issue such statement, stating that the two Unions will be part of thye strike come Wednesday.
It is yet to be seen who blinks first between the Unions and Federal government.