FG invites NLC over its planned indefinite strike

NLC members during a protest

By EMMANUEL KUJE, Abuja –

 

The Minister of Labour and Employment Simon Bako Lalong has again invited the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC for another meeting over its planned indefinite strike.

 

The NLC is currently planning a nationwide shutdown owing to the removal of fuel subsidy by the President Bola Tinubu led Federal Government and the hardship in the country.

Thus is contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the ministry’s Director of Press and Public Relations, Olajide Oshundun.

 

“The Minister who directed the Department of Trade Unions Services and Industrial Relations to convene a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for Monday 18th September 2023 said it was important that the Unions sit with Government to resolve all pending matters to avert further disruption to the economy”, He said.

He quoted the minister as reiterating President Bola Tinubu’s government’s commitment to “always engage the 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”.

 

Before now, the Minister had invited the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) for talks to avert the two-day strike held between the 5th and 6th of September.

 

However, “only the TUC showed up for the meeting,” the statement added.

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