Nigerian Unions Reject Govt Offer Aimed at Avoiding Strike

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP)

Labor unions on Tuesday rejected a series of Nigerian government concessions aimed at averting a general strike only hours before the work stoppage was set to begin in Africa's biggest oil producer.

The government needed to completely overturn price hikes on gasoline, rather than just scale back an earlier increase, in order to avoid an indefinite strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday, said Abdulwaheed Omar, head of the umbrella Nigerian Labor Congress.

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