Planned Indefinite Strike: Labour Minister Invites NLc

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Abuja - September 18 - Mediaage NG News – The Nigerian Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong has in a statement called for a meeting with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

The NLC are on a 21 day ultimatum given to the Nigerian government to respond its two-day warning strike.

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If there’s no response within this period, it will go on an indefinite strike.

Among the demands of the NLC and TUC, include implementation of palliatives, tax exemptions and allowances to civil servants and a review of the minimum wage.

In response, the Nigerian government made a commitment to restructure the framework for engagement with the Labour unions on palliatives. However, the eight-week timeframe set for the conclusion of the process expired last August with no resolution.

In September, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) were invited by the Minister for a meeting to put on hold the earlier two-day nationwide warning strike. However, only the TUC turned up.

For the expected Monday’s meeting, the Minister directed the Department of Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations to convene with the leadership of the NLC.

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He said it was important for the unions to resolve with the government all pending issues to save disrupting the economy.

“The administration of President Bola Tinubu will always engage organised labour and respond to its concerns after due consultation and negotiations, he said.

“This is in order to guarantee industrial harmony, which is critical to the attainment of the Renewed Hope Agenda”, Lalong added.

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