The President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, had said that the national industrial strike it embarked upon will continue until resolutions are arrived at in further negotiations with the Federal Government.
Wabba made the statement while speaking with journalists on Thursday evening, after he and his team met for about 40 minutes behind closed-doors with Senate President Bukola Saraki, to discuss the nationwide strike over the hike in fuel price.
Wabba categorically stated that the strike would continue until the government resumed talks with the NLC on the crisis.
He further assured Saraki that the workers were ready to go back to the negotiation table with the Federal Government over the fuel matter any time invitation to that effect was extended to them.
Wabba said, “We are trying to engage government in negotiations essentially about the trade issue, about the electricity tariff but importantly about the increase in the pump price of PMS from N87 to N145 and we have assured the Senate President that at no point had we walked out on the government.
“In fact, when those issues were presented and the position of government was made known to us, we did not actually agree and we requested that we excused them.
“We have not at any point walked out on government and we are still open to discussion and dialogue because we are also doing this in the best interest of all of us as working class and also the larger population of citizens.
“But as things are now, the strike continues until needed resolutions are arrived at in further negotiations with the Federal Government.”
Also speaking after the meeting, Saraki said the upper chamber was trying all it could to bring an end to the strike.
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He said, “I am happy to report that the NLC has shown its commitment to continue to dialogue with government and our role is to see that we facilitate and ensure that the dialogue can address the issues.
“I am encouraged by what they have said and confident that we would be able to do this. We will play our own role in facilitating and ensuring that we can bring the two parties together so that we can find a lasting solution that will reduce the hardships that Nigerians are going through.”