The Trade Union Congress, TUC, has presented a list of demands to the federal government to cushion the effect of petrol subsidy removal on Nigerians.
Among the demands are an increase in the minimum wage, tax holiday for some categories of people and returning to the status quo as negotiations continue.
The government delegation acknowledged the feasibility of the demands and said the demands would be presented to President Bola Tinubu with immediate effect.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, boycotted the meeting of a federal government delegation and representatives of organised labour, at the presidential villa, Abuja in the late hours of Sunday.
Spokesperson for the government’s delegation to the meeting, Dele Alake, told journalists after the meeting that most of the demands “are not impracticable” and they would be tabled before the president.
Alake said the president’s decisions will be relayed to labour leaders at the next round of negotiations fixed for Tuesday.
Responding to a question on if the other demand by the organised labour that the new pump price of petrol is reversed pending the conclusion of negotiations, Alake said the decision would likely be taken on Tuesday when both sides meet again.
Speaking on NLC’s absence, he said it may be attributed to the inability to finalise with the NEC of the union before the meeting.
Nonetheless, negotiations will continue with all labour unions and stakeholders, he said.
Festus Osifo, TUC president, while speaking to the press, said although some progress has been made with the negotiations, the union would still brief its members ahead of Tuesday’s meeting.
He declined to give a full list of the demands presented to the government on the grounds that the union wants to continue negotiating in good faith as the government delegation also did not reveal details of its own side of the meeting.
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