The rescheduled meeting between the federal government and the organized labour over recent hike in fuel price and electricity tariff has ended without both parties reaching an agreement, forcing an adjournment to Monday, December 7.
The meeting which lasted about three hours could not deliberate further, because Organised Labour demanded an immediate reversal of the recent petrol pump price increase, before further deliberations.
Earlier at the opening of the meeting, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige had said the rescheduled meeting on Thursday was a continuation of the last one on Sunday, which was on recess, contrary to reports that talks broke down.
Ngige said the meeting is being reconvened to produce tangible result from past deliberations as he dismissed any form of witch-hunting.
Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who has attended all the previous meetings, assured Organised Labour of the government’s commitment to ensure amicable resolution of pending issues.
Leaders of the Trade Union Congress, TUC and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Quadri Olaleye, and Joe Ajaero in their opening remarks insisted that Organised Labour is always ready to discuss issues, but the approach of the government has left the matters unresolved.