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NLC threatens strike if petrol price rises



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on strike if there is a further increase in the pump price of petrol without the Federal Government addressing the consequences of the last two

Labour said no notice would be given if its members wake up to a new pump price of petrol.

President of NLC, Joe Ajaero said this yesterday during the African alliance of trade unions executives meeting in Abuja.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL)has increased the pump price of petrol since the removal of petrol subsidy twice.

Nigerians buy petrol products at N617 per litre, depending on the part of the country.

The protest was suspended following a meeting with President Bola Tinubu by labour.

There had been reports of a further increase of the products by independent marketers, citing the fall in the value of the Naira to a dollar at N950 in the parallel market.

Ajaero said: “As we are here, they are contemplating increasing the pump price of petroleum products and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, for some time now, will only go to the Federal Ministry of Justice to come up with injunctions to hold the hands of labour not to respond.


“Let me say this, workers will not give any notice if we have not addressed the consequences of the last two increases; if we wake up from our sleep to hear that they have tempered with prices of petroleum products. They have started floating ideas of a likely increase in the pump price of petroleum products.”Ajaero noted that if the Federal Government was able to tame inflation and the falling naira, workers would be happy to retain the N30, 000 minimum wage.He said: “If you check those policies that lead to inflation and devaluation of the currency even where we are we will be comfortable.