Friday, 20 May 2016

Strike: We're open to negotiation - Wabba

Strike: We're open to
negotiation - Wabba


– There has been a hike in fuel
price from N86.50 to N145 per
litre.
– The Nigerian Labour Congress
(NLC) embrked on a strike to
protest the fuel hike
– The congress has said they can
re-negotiate with the federal
government to find a lasting
solution to the problem
Aliyu Wabba, the president of National Labour
Congress (NLC)
Ayuba Wabba, the national president of the
Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), on
Thursday, May 19, said that the congress was
ready to negotiate with the federal government.
He disclosed this in the National Assembly
Abuja, while briefing newsmen after a closed-door
meeting between the leadership of the Union and
Bukola Saraki, the Senate president.
He said that the strike would continue as the
government had yet to reach out to the union for
negotiations.
Wabba also said that contrary to media reports, he
did not walk out of any negotiation meeting with the
federal government adding that the union had not
received any formal invitation for any meeting since
the strike commenced.
“The Senate leadership called us to
brief them about what transpired and
where we are now, which we have
already done.
“This is also to confirm because
there has been media reports that we
had been invited and we refused to
attend meetings.
“We said no, we have not received
any formal invitation for any meeting
arising from the walkout.
“The strike is still on but we are open
to dialogue,” he said.
Wabba-led faction had embarked on industrial action
and protest since Wednesday due to the hike in fuel
price from N86.50 to N145 per litre
Although, the Trade Union Congress (TUC)
and the Joe Ajaero-led NLC faction withdrew
from the industrial action.
Saraki in his remarks said that the NLC has
shown commitment for dialogue, adding that the
National Assembly will play its role in resolving
the crisis.
However, the Senate on Wednesday after a
closed-door meeting, directed its committee on
Labour to mediate between the federal government
and labour unions to resolve the differences.