The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have issued government a three working-day ultimate till Wednesday, May 18, 2016 to revert the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) back to the former price of N86.50k or face a major industrial action.
Federal Government on Tuesday, increased the fuel pump price to N145 per litre an action which although has seen the queues immediately vanish from the stations due to instant availability of the product that was hitherto scarce, has generated a lot of controversy, anger and protest.
In a statement signed by the TUC President and Ag Secretary General, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Comrade Simeso Amachree respectively after an emergency meeting held on Friday, 13th May, 2016 at the Airport Hotel, Lagos, it was agreed that unless government reverts the pump price and dialogue with the unions on the way forward there will be a massive protest.
The communiqué received by Nigerianflightdeck read in part, “The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) at an emergency meeting held on Friday 13th May, 2016 in Lagos deliberated extensively on the recent increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol by the Federal Government and passed the following resolution:”
“The NEC in the session rejected in its entirety the astronomical increase in the price of petrol from N86.50 per litre to N145 per litre and demand that government should revert to the old price regime with immediate effect.”
“The NEC in session gave the Federal government up till Wednesday, 18th May, 2016 to invite the leadership of labour for discussions aimed at determining the appropriate way forward.”
“The NEC in Session also directed the leadership of the TUC to interface with the NLC and civil society allies to work out action plans that would be put in place to protest the insensitive fuel hike should government fail to meet the Wednesday 18th May 2016, deadline.”