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Nigerian union begins petrol strike despite court ruling

The petrol price increase in Nigeria has been seen as a removal of subsidies the government pays to fuel importers and a recognition of market forcesA major trade union in Nigeria vowed to defy a court injunction and press ahead with a national strike in protest at government rises in petrol prices. The strike, expected to begin on Wednesday, was called by both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Saturday to force government to reverse a 67 percent hike in fuel prices, from 86.50 naira ($0.43) to 145 naira per litre.

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