Petrol Price Strike: Labour Unions Sharply Divided

The organised Labour has been sharply divided over the nationwide strike to protest the new petrol price.

A faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led Ayuba Wabba, defying a national industrial court’s order, has directed workers to stay at home from Tuesday midnight.

The faction was supported by the academic staff union of universities (ASUU).

Backing out of the strike, are the apex body of the senior workers, the trade union congress (TUC),as well as,  a faction of NLC led by Joe Ajaero, and workers in the electricity sector.

Addressing newsmen, Ajaero said the timing and motive for today strike by the Wabba led faction of NLC was wrong, while accusing the faction of asking the presidency to write off the n2 billion it collected last year for the purchase of mass transit vehicles.

The position of the oil workers union was not definite as at Tuesday night.

Meanwhile,  the presidency and a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress  (NLC) have agreed to set up a joint technical committee to review the disputed petrol price.

Within two weeks, the committee is expected to review the template of petrol pricing.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole who attended the meeting of the presidency with labour leaders also said the committee will also review the minimum wage and set up a board of the petroleum products pricing regulatory agency.

Meanwhile, the one day old strike called by a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has been partially complied with in Ogun State.

Filling stations, banks and public transport system are functioning as their workers refused to join the strike.

At the state government secretariat at Oke Mosan in Abeokuta, most of the junior workers did not report for duty, but some of them were seen on their desks.

Also, most of the senior civil servants reported for duty.

The strike was more effective in public primary and secondary schools where teachers who showed up directed students to go home.

At the state high court complex at Isabo, Abeokuta, and the federal secretariat at Oke Mosan, gates into the complexes were shut by unknown people against workers willing to report for duty.

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