The Nigerian Labour Unions, have suspended the indefinite strike action and protest scheduled for today the 28th September 2020, after a long hours of a closed door meeting with the federal government on the 27th of September, 2020.
The federal government of Nigeria engaged the leadership of both the Nigerian Labour Congress, the Trade Union and other leaders of other Labour unions on sunday evening, seeking for measures to stop the proposed action. The meeting had in attendance the Minister of Petroleum Timipre Silva, Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo, Minister of Information Lai Mohammed, Minister of State for Power Jedy Agba and the Secretary to the government of the Federation Boss Mustapha representing the Federal Government of Nigeria, whereas the Labour Unions were represented by the NLC president Comrade Ayuba Wabba, TUC president Quadri olalaye, NLC Secretary general Emmanuel Ugboaja, TUC Secretary General Musa Lawal Ozigi, NUPENG president Williams Akporeha, PENGASSAN president Festus Osifo, President of NUEE Martin Uzeogwu, and President of SSAEAC Chris Okonkwo.
Both team agreed that the Federal government will suspend the increased fuel price and also suspend the increased electricity tariff, which took effect from the 1st of September, 2020.
The meeting ended at the early hours of Monday 28th September, according to a tweet by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment; stating that both teams finally reached an agreement at about 2:53am Monday morning, in the tweet he also attached a signed document by both teams. see full tweet below;
FG & LABOUR reach agreement at 2:53am. Deregulation to stay as Govt rolls out palliatives for labour (details in 2 weeks); Electricity tariffs suspended by Govt for 2 weeks with a joint Committee headed by @fkeyamo to examine the justification for the new policy. Strike suspended pic.twitter.com/9tOTlJ9o1l
— Festus Keyamo, SAN (@fkeyamo) September 28, 2020
The Nigerian Labour Unions have reiterated their stand of not going back on their demands for the common man, even though the Federal Government and security agencies have come at the union leaders in various ways including using a law suit.
Below is the list of demands by the Labour Unions.