All Nigeria Latest News reports that the Organised Labour has insisted on going ahead with the nationwide strike planned for June 3.

Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Senate President and the speaker of the house of representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, conveyed a last-minute meeting on Sunday to avert the proposed indefinite strike by organised labour over the minimum wage and electricity tariff hike.

Joe Ajaero, president of the NLC, and his TUC counterpart, Festus Osifo, led other union leaders to the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, the labour bodies said they would meet and discuss the appeal made by the leadership of the national assembly to suspend the proposed strike and allow for more dialogue with their organs before taking a decision.

The TUC president, who briefed journalists on the outcome of the meeting which lasted over four hours, said there was an appeal by the senate president to the unions to suspend the planned strike.

“Yes, we have had a conversation, we have had a meeting, and the issues were laid bare for the part of government and what issues are on the part of the organized labour,” he said.

“There was an appeal from the senate president for us to call off the industrial action tonight. But on our path, we said that we have heard him.

“It is not possible for us to sit here and call off any industrial action because there are conditions and precedents given to us by our NEC.

“We would have been much more happier if this evening we had a great understanding that by tomorrow morning we would sign off on issues bordering on the minimum wage.

“Because, as at the last meeting, we were very very close to signing off — I mean, close in the sense that if the figures were right, it’s just to prepare the report and sign, so it’s not something that is that lengthy anymore.

“But we have listened to them; we would take all their pleas to our organs, and we would have an organ’s meeting, taking what they have promised and the pleas that they have made to our organs.

“For now, we don’t have the powers to call off the industrial action, so the industrial action will continue while we have a conversation with our respective organs as soon as possible to lay bare what they have put forward and what they have proposed.”

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