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Fuel hike: Roll out palliatives, Ondo workers tell govt



Organised labour in Ondo State has called on the state government to roll out palliatives measures to cushion the effects of the increase in the pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol, on them.

The group which comprised the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Joint Negotiation Committee expressed dissatisfaction over an alleged insensitive increase in the pump price of petroleum products without any attendant palliative measures to the workers and masses of our country.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of an emergency meeting of organised labour in the state held in Akure on Wednesday.

According to the communique, the workers described the action of the government as wicked. They claimed that the new price was absolutely beyond the reach of the majority of our people.

They said, “The meeting resolved that the state government as a matter of urgency should roll out palliatives for the workers and masses of the state to ease the agonies inflicted as a result of the hike in the price of PMS and that all outstanding salaries and allowances owed the workers of the state should be paid immediately.

“Any committee on palliatives set up by the state government without the input of Ondo State organised labour would be outrightly rejected.“The meeting however, sympathises with the workers and masses of our dear state and call for calm and await further directive while awaiting the outcome of our national body as the leadership will leave no stone unturned to secure a better deal for all In this time of distress.”