workers choked by petrol, power rates hike

•Govt should provide succour

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 Frank Ikpefan, Abuja



ORGANISED labour on Tuesday demanded measures to cushion the effect on workers of the increase in petrol price and the hike in electricity tariffs.

They told the government that the new price regime had choked workers and that the gains recovered with last year’s raised minimum wage had been eroded.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Preasident Ayuba Wabba and Trade Union Congress (TUC) President Quadri Olaleye, led others to a meeting yesterday with Federal Government officials led by Minister of Labour Chris Ngige on the issues.

Wabba accused the government of “unilaterally” fixing prices of electricity and petrol without consultations with Nigerians.

The NLC President said many Nigerians are struggling to survive because of the high cost of living caused by the government’s recent policies which included the increase, earlier in the year, of Value Added Tax (VAT) from five…

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