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ORGANISED Labour yesterday picked up the gauntlet inevitably thrown before it by the Federal Government with the new year day removal of subsidy on petrol by calling for a general strike beginning from Monday, January 9, 2012.

In a two-page joint communique by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), the two central labour unions said only a recapitulation on the part of the government by way of a reversal of the policy before midnight of Sunday, January 8, 2012 could stop the strike.

The communique was signed by President, TUC, Peter Esele and his NLC counterpart, Abdulwahed Omar yesterday in Abuja.

Stressing that all offices, airports, seaports, markets and banks would be shut down for the strike, Labour charged Nigerians to stockpile foodstuff in their homes.

The communique read in part: “After exhaustive deliberations and consultations with all sections of the populace, the NLC, TUC and their pro-people allies demand that the Presidency immediately reverse fuel prices to N65....Read More...