Trade Union Congress Rejects Fuel Subsidy Removal, Demands Reversion to Status Quo

Trade Union Congress Rejects Fuel Subsidy Removal, Demands Reversion to Status Quo

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has expressed its opposition to the fuel subsidy removal initiative introduced by President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

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TUC President, Festus Osifo, conveyed this message during a press conference held in Abuja following an emergency meeting of the congress’s National Executive Council (NEC).

Osifo called on the government to reconsider its decision and engage in consultations with labor leaders before implementing such changes.

Reversion to the Status Quo Demanded:

Osifo emphasized that the TUC expected the government to have involved organized labor in discussions before announcing the end of the subsidy regime.

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The NEC resolved to continue negotiations with the federal government while demanding a return to the previous status quo.

Discussions between the TUC and the government had taken place on Wednesday, during which the government shared its plans while seeking the union’s input.

However, the TUC stated its intention to deliberate on the proposed measures internally before submitting a formal response to the government.

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Awaiting Government’s Response:

Osifo highlighted that the upcoming meeting with government representatives on Sunday would play a crucial role in determining the TUC’s course of action.

The TUC will present its demands during this meeting, and its future steps will depend on how the government reacts to these demands.

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The TUC intends to gauge the government’s responsiveness to their concerns before deciding on their next line of action.

Impending Nationwide Strike:

In the midst of discussions regarding the fuel subsidy removal and price increase, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a warning of an imminent nationwide strike.

If the government does not reverse its decision on the fuel subsidy and the subsequent rise in fuel prices, the NLC plans to embark on the strike, scheduled for next week Wednesday.

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Conclusion:

As the TUC rejects the fuel subsidy removal initiative, it demands a return to the status quo and seeks further consultations with the government.

The outcome of the upcoming meeting between the TUC and government representatives will determine the union’s future actions.

Meanwhile, the NLC has threatened to engage in a nationwide strike if the government fails to reconsider its decision on the fuel subsidy and the subsequent price increase.

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The situation remains tense as both unions advocate for their members’ interests in the ongoing discussions with the government.

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