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TUC speaks on fuel subsidy removal, appeals to FG

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has, on Friday, requested the Federal Government to reverse its decision to remove fuel subsidy and return the present situation to status quo.

The TUC President, Mr. Festus Osifo, addressed the media after the National Executive Council (NEC) of the congress had an emergency meeting on Friday in Abuja.

Osifo claims that the TUC is not pleased with the Federal Government’s unilateral decision to end the subsidy and that the congress was expecting that the Federal Government would carry them along.

The congress president said, “Having noted this, we wish to state that the NEC-in- session resolved that discussions with Federal Government should continue while demanding that the government should revert to the status quo ante.

“The status quo ante should be maintained while discussions continue as we had a meeting with the government on Wednesday.

“During that discussion, they gave us a list of all the things they would do and they also demanded to know our thinking and what we are putting up.

“We told them the lists of the things we want to put forward, we will not submit them now but put them forward to our organs, to discuss and seek a mandate from them of the things we can put forward.”

Osifo added that whatever happens next, as the TUC’s line of action depends on the government’s response.

“We will wait till Sunday when we will meet with the representatives of the government.

“Once we are done with that meeting then the TUC is going to put its demands forward, it is how they react to those demands that will determine our next line of action,” Osifo said.

Newspread earlier reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress had its NEC meeting and declared it would begin a nationwide strike on, Wednesday, June 7, if the issue of the removal of fuel subsidy and increase in petrol prices were not resolved.

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