Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Nigeria Workers to Proceed With Strike Tomorrow, Unions Say

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Nigerian workers, planning to strike from tomorrow over a recent cut in a fuel subsidy, will proceed with the action despite assurances by President Goodluck Jonathan that he will cut the amount paid to politicians.

“The labor movement and its allies on behalf of the Nigerian people reiterate that the broadcast has changed nothing,” the Nigeria Labor Congress and Trade Union Congress said today in a statement, referring to a speech made by the president yesterday. “The indefinite strikes, rallies and mass protests scheduled to commence nationwide on Jan. 9 will go on.”

The country’s unions last week called an indefinite nationwide strike after the government scrapped fuel subsidies at the start of the year, causing gasoline prices to more than double. The action may shut ports, fuel stations, banks and oil operations in Africa’s largest crude producer.

Jonathan responded in a speech broadcast on state television, saying executive-branch politicians will take a 25 percent pay cut in 2012 and reduce overseas travel. All ministries and departments must cut costs this year, he said.

“If I were in your shoes at this moment, I probably would have reacted in the same manner as some of our compatriots, or hold the same critical views about government,” Jonathan said. “But tough choices have to be made to safeguard the economy and our collective survival as a nation.”

Jonathan abolished 1.2 trillion naira ($7.4 billion) of subsidies on Jan. 1, promising to use the savings to boost investment in power plants and roads in Africa’s most populous nation. Nigeria imports fuel because of a lack of refining capacity.

Nigeria’s House of Representatives in Abuja voted today in favor of a motion urging the government to return fuel subsidies and to allow more time for consultation on the issue.

To contact the reporters on this story: Emele Onu in Lagos at eonu1@bloomberg.net; Chris Kay in Abuja at ckay5@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dick Schumacher at dschumacher@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.