The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has denied rumors suggesting that it is planning to initiate a strike from Friday as a response to the removal of petrol subsidy. President Bola Tinubu’s inauguration speech led to the reemergence of long queues at filling stations in certain parts of Nigeria, which the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) attributed to panic buying.
On Wednesday, representatives from the federal government and organized labor convened a meeting in an attempt to find lasting solutions to the anticipated impact of subsidy removal on the populace. However, the meeting concluded without reaching a resolution, and Joe Ajaero, the President of NLC, stated that the union would consult further with its members.
Nevertheless, reports circulated claiming that the NLC had set Friday as the start date for a strike in protest against the removal of the subsidy. In response to these reports, Benson Upah, NLC’s Head of Information and Public Affairs, urged Nigerians to disregard such claims.
“Our attention has been drawn to stories circulating in the social media claiming that the NLC would begin protest action on June 2 against the increase in the pump price of petrol,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“In as much as we are outraged by this mindless price increase which is intended to bring untold hardship to Nigerians, we have no plan to start any action on June 2.
“What we do have for now are organ meetings slated for June 2 to deliberate on the price issue.”