The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday boycotted the meeting convened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, to avert the two-day warning strike the organised labour begins today.

This is just as affiliate unions of the NLC, including the National Union of Air Transport Employees, the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals, the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers, among others have, in a joint circular, directed all stakeholders in the aviation sector to comply with the NLC’s directive to join the strike.

The NLC had last Friday issued the two-day warning strike notice over current hardship caused by the removal of petrol subsidy.

In a communique released on Monday by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) at the end of its National Executive Council meeting held on Sunday, the TUC said some of the steps taken by the government to cushion the effects of subsidy removal on workers were welcomed. It urged the government to increase the amount provided for palliatives as the N5bn given to each state was grossly inadequate.

Earlier at a press briefing, Lalong had appealed to the labour to prevail on all its affiliate unions to suspend their planned strike. He said the government would neither take workers for granted nor fail to appreciate their support and understanding.

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