The federal administration has expressed optimism that the proposed industrial action, set to start on Wednesday, will be changed by the labor unions.
This was revealed to reporters by the President’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, during a meeting with the union leaders on Tuesday in Abuja that was held behind closed doors.
He said that the unions had approved the plan for palliatives to lessen the impact of the termination of gasoline subsidies, which had been made public on Monday by President Bola Tinubu.
‘’We requested that tomorrow’s strike be called off by labor. They all concurred that the President’s broadcast was a positive development, and they all said they would return home to speak with the leaders who were not present.
So, he added, “We are hopeful that they will act morally and end the strike tomorrow.”
According to Mr. Festus Osifo, national president of the Trade Union Congress, the meeting with the federal government was successful based on Mr. President’s broadcast on Monday.
He claimed that government authorities had assured the unions that other palliatives will be introduced and that the president’s numerous palliatives were merely the starting point.
‘’We believed that the President’s proposal was not very far-reaching because he claimed that N1 trillion had been saved over the previous two months.
‘’Now, as part of the negotiation tenet, you’ll accept anything that is put on the table but strive for more.
Therefore, we have stated that they can do more and that what you have put on the table is insufficient on our road.
For instance, we believe that 3,000 buses is insufficient. You can calculate how many they would total up to by dividing 3,000 by 37,” he said.