Sunday, May 19, 2024

Again FG Calls for Sit-down Over Planned NLC Strike

The Federal Government has again invited the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) for another meeting over its planned indefinite strike.

This is contained in a statement issued by Mr. Simon Lalong, the Minister of Labour and Employment.

Lalong had, on Sept. 4, invited the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) for a meeting to avert the earlier two-day nationwide warning strike.

FG Begs NLC to Suspend Proposed Warning Strike

But only the TUC showed up for the meeting.

Lalong said that he had directed the Department of Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations to convene the meeting with the leadership of the NLC on Monday.

He said it was important for the unions to sit down with the government to resolve all pending matters to avert further disruption to the economy.

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

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

Also, the NLC National Executive Council threatened, on Sept. 1, in a communiqué, to embark on an indefinite strike within 21 days of the issue of the communiqué.

NLC demanded, among other things, that the minimum wage for workers be increased to N200,000.

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