PMS Pump Price: TUC Begins Strike Wednesday

PMS Pump Price: TUC Begins Strike Wednesday

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The Trade Union Congress (TUC), Friday gave the federal government five days ultimatum within which it must revert to the old pump price of N86.50.

It warned that the union may be pushed to embark on mass protest in conjunction with its sister organisation, the Nigeria Labour Congress and other civil society allies, should government press on with the new pump price of N145.

The federal government had on Wednesday announced the removal of subsidy on petroleum product with a new pricing template pegging a litre of Premium Motor Spirit(PMS), otherwise known as petrol.

The new pricing regime has sparked negative reactions from the various stakeholders. While the outcome of the National Executive Council of the NLC is differed till today (Saturday), a communique issued at the end of the TUC emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Friday, rejected the new pump price, describing it as outrageous and insensitive.

The communiqué, which was signed by the TUC President, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, reads in part, “The NEC-in-Session rejected in its entirety the FG assures Nigerians of price reduction later astronomical increase in the price of petrol from N86.50 per litre to N145 per litre and demanded that the 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 discussion aimed at determining the appropriate way forward.”

Kaigama said, the union was already working with the Nigeria Labour Congress and other civil society allies with a view to marshaling plans for a total showdown with the federal government, should it fail to revert to the old price.

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