The Federal Government has dismissed as mere rumour making the rounds that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is being threatened, saying pendency of the order of the court cannot be equated with threats.
This is contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Beatrice Jeddy-Agba in Abuja.
According to the statement, the issue connected with hike in fuel price and consequential matters of palliatives and workers welfare had become contentious between the government and the Nigerian labour Congress, NLC, lately.
It states that the government is insisting that the interim order from the court clearly restrained NLC from going ahead with the strike, labour on its part had gone ahead by issuing a seven-day ultimatum for government to meet its demands and reverse alleged anti-worker policies.
It emphasizes that the FG insisted that the NLC was not planning a peaceful protest but intended to ground the government by endangering public peace, instilling fear in the masses and precipitating further crisis.
The statement stresses further that the Assistant General Secretary of NLC, said that Nigerians should be prepared meaning they have to stock food and other consumables in their houses in anticipation of the proposed strike by the NLC.