The House of Representatives has commended organised labour for suspending its planned indefinite nationwide strike scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 3, 2023. The strike was to protest the removal of fuel subsidies by the Federal Government, which led to an increase in the pump price of petrol from N87 to N145 per litre.
The Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the suspension of the strike was a welcome development that would allow for more dialogue and consultation between the government and the labour unions. He said the House was in support of the demands of the workers for a fair and reasonable adjustment of the minimum wage and other welfare benefits.
He also said the House was aware of the economic challenges facing the country and the need for fiscal prudence and reforms. He urged the government and the labour force to work together to find a lasting solution that would balance the interests of the workers and the nation.
He said the House would continue to play its role as a mediator and a legislator to ensure that the rights and welfare of workers are protected and the economy is stabilized. He appealed to Nigerians to remain calm and peaceful as the issues were being resolved.