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Prices fuel strike

Issue No. 1872

MILLIONS OF workers in Nigeria were due to begin a general strike on Thursday this week.

It is in protest at the latest round of petrol price rises. The issue has become a test for the attempts by the government to push through 'restructuring' which will hit the poor but please the international bankers.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the trade union confederation, has called the strike and wants it to last for at least two weeks.

'The issue of fuel prices is not about labour alone,' said Owei Lakemfa, assistant general secretary of the NLC. 'It affects everybody.'

He added that workers do not believe government promises that the revenues generated by the price rise would be used to improve the failing infrastructure and social services.

In June and July a general strike forced the government into a partial climbdown from a plan to raise fuel prices.

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Sat 11 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1872
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