Nigerian unions defy ban to launch fuel strike

By Reuters in Abuja

Nigeria Labour Congress said it would proceed with industrial action in protest over increased costs caused by government’s lifting of subsidies

A Nigerian union defied a court ban to launch a general strike on Wednesday in protest at a planned increase in fuel prices.

The government hopes that lifting costly fuel subsidies, causing prices to rise by up to two thirds at the pumps, will help alleviate the worst crisis in decades in Africa’s biggest economy.

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