The Department of State Services has asked Organised Labour to negotiate rather than proceed with its planned protests against the rising cost of living in the country.

This warning comes after Labour directed its members to mobilise for a nationwide protest slated for February 27 and 28 over the cost-of-living crisis in the country as well as Government’s failure to fulfil terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in October 2023.

Reacting to the planned protests, the DSS in a statement by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, urged the union to drop the planned protest and pursue dialogue and negotiation.

The DSS also urged parents and guardians to exert authority in guiding their children and wards from inimical acts capable of jeopardising public safety and harmony.

“Additionally, all sectors, including political parties, opposition groups, religious and traditional institutions, civil society and non-governmental bodies are called upon to eschew violence; and demonstrate leadership and statesmanship in these challenging times.

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