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Strike: Wabba-led NLC stands alone

18 May 2016, 16:20Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Ayuba Wabba-led Nigeria Labour Congress are standing alone on the nationwide strike to protest the increase of fuel, as there were partial compliance across the country.

The federal government, after removing petroleum subsidy, increased the price of fuel from N86.50 to 145 par litre last week, but labour has rejected the new development, resulting to nationwide strike on Wednesday.

News24 had reported that the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) has distanced itself from a nationwide strike to set to take place today under the aegis of the National Labour Congress (NLC) and the Joint Action Force (JAF).

Also, a factional NLC has also withdrawn from the action after a meeting with the federal government delegation led by Edo State governor Adams Oshiomhole.

Also read: NLC nationwide strike to go ahead today

As a way of preventing the strike, the Federal Government directed the invocation of statutory provision of “no work no pay” on any worker who joined the strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the new fuel price regime, news24 also reported.

Despite the government’s warning and a court order restraining NLC from embarking on the strike, Wabba and his allies, standing alone, on Wednesday declared that the strike is effective. But the crack in the unity of the group has no doubt made a joke of what is supposed to be nationwide economic standstill.

As the strike enters its first day, hoodlums were seen burning tyres on some major roads in Lagos. While commuters were also stranded as there were few commercial vehicles plying the roads.

But security operatives were seen by news24 reporter patrolling major roads in Lagos on Wednesday to forestall peace.

Wabba’s NLC seems to be gaining more respect, as some states are beginning to join the strike, with Abuja being the latest after Ekiti, Osun and Cross River states.

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- News24


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