The Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives has appealed to organised labour to shelve its planned nationwide protest from Monday.
Femi Gbajabiamila made the appeal at an intervention meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress in Abuja.
The Speaker said the National Assembly was on the same page with labour over the agitation but that a further downward trend in the economy might not favour even those the protest tends to protect.
He promised to meet again with the Executive since it was agreed that there won’t be increment in electricity tariff until every home is provided with metres.
In his remarks, NLC President , said the increments in the pump price of petrol as well as electricity tariff were done without consultation with labour.
He said the lack of palliatives to cushion the effects of the increase made the matter worse.
Meanwhile, the meeting between between the federal government and organised labour scheduled for Monday will now hold this Sunday evening.
An invite to that effect was sent to media houses by the Deputy Director, Head of Press/ Public Relations, in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan.
The meeting holds by 7pm at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa