15 Jan 2012

No deal in talks to end Nigeria fuel strike

5:09 pm on 15 January 2012

Talks between the Nigerian government and trade union leaders to end a nationwide strike over the removal of fuel subsidies have ended without a deal.

However, the chief union negotiator said a threatened oil workers' strike would not go ahead at once.

The BBC reports the government removed a fuel subsidy two weeks ago, which led to a doubling of fuel prices, widespread protests and a week-long strike.

Strikes have already cost the economy billions of dollars in lost revenue.

"The meeting is not deadlocked but we have not reached a compromise," Nigeria Labour Congress president Abdulwaheed Omar told reporters after the talks ended late on Saturday.

However, Mr Omar said that an oil workers' strike planned for Sunday would not happen while talks with the government were on-going.

But the country's powerful trade unions had warned earlier that a nationwide strike - which was suspended for the weekend - would resume on Monday if a compromise was not reached before then.