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Why we have not embarked on strike action- NLC

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Organised Labour has explained why it has not adopted strike as regards the sudden increase of price of petrol.

Recall that the labour union leaders recently staged a walk out while when they were having dialogue with the delegaion of the Federal Government.

Speaking at a news conference jointly organised by NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday, Joe Ajaero, Deputy President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that the Congress will not at the slightest provocation start talking about strike.

He said: “Our strike was suspended on Sept. 28 based on certain understanding and those understanding were being violated and that was why we raised that alarm yesterday, which led to the walk out.

“We cannot call you out here to announce a strike and the next strategy as if the unions are one man organisation. Part of what we are doing in terms of engagement is to reach out and if every other means fails, strike is usually the last option by any union.

“We do not just at the slightest provocation start talking about strike. I think that is not what is on the table now. There are certain disagreements which we are trying to address.

“We say that we can’t accept deregulation that is import-driven and that the refineries must work before you think of it and then you go into price fixing.

“Price fixing is not the same thing as deregulation, you cannot regulate in a deregulated market. If they have deregulated, the price of product in Sokoto will not be the same thing with that of Abuja, there will be variations,” he said.