The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have hinted at suspending nationwide protest after meeting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Abuja.
The Organised Labour on Wednesday night, August 2, 2023, described their discussions with Tinubu on petrol subsidy removal palliatives as “fruitful and productive.”
Joe Ajaero, the NLC chairman, said they thoroughly examined the proposed measures but that the concerns that sparked the protests persist.
He did not provide any assurance regarding the cancellation or continuation of the nationwide protests against the economic difficulties resulting from the removal of petrol subsidy.
Ajaero and his counterpart of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Festus Osifo, left the Villa 30 minutes after they arrived at 5:38 pm for the meeting.
Both labour leaders said they will provide updates to their executive committees, which will then deliberate on the ongoing protest.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the NLC is also scheduled to hold its National Executive Committee (NEC) session on Thursday, during which all relevant matters will be addressed.
The protests against the removal of the petrol subsidy began today. The protesters demand that the government reverse the decision, and the minimum wages of workers be reviewed, among others.
See full statement of the unions below: