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Nigerian government to meet unions over strike threat

Nigerian trade unions have called for an indefinite strike unless petrol prices are slashedNigeria’s government is seeking to reach an agreement with union leaders to prevent a national strike over petrol price rises, as economic pressures mount and concerns grow over falling oil production. Labour ministry officials were to meet with representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to discuss the 67 percent hike imposed last week. Any industrial action would exacerbate pressures in Africa’s largest economy caused by the global slump in crude prices, which has drastically cut government revenue from oil exports.

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