The Federal Government has again invited the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to a meeting in order to resolve pending issues over the looming strike.
The meeting between both parties had been scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2023.
“Oshundun said, “The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, has again invited the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, for another meeting over its planned indefinite strike. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Bako Lalong, has again invited the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, for another meeting over its planned indefinite strike”.
“The Minister, who directed the Department of Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations to convene a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for Monday, September 18, 2023, said it was important that the unions sit with the government to resolve all pending matters to avert further disruption to the economy”.
“According to the Minister, the administration of President Bola Tinubu will always engage organized labour and respond to its concerns after due consultation and negotiations in order to guarantee industrial harmony, which is critical to the attainment of the Renewed Hope Agenda”.
“It will be recalled that the Minister had invited the two labour centres for talks to avert the two-day strike held between September 5 and 6, but only the TUC showed up for the meeting”.
Chronicle NG reports that the Federal Government’s most recent invitation comes days after the Nigeria Labour Congress ended its two-day warning strike after declining an earlier meeting with the Federal Government to go on strike over the growing economic hardship as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy.
The NLC had given notice of a two-day warning strike to protest the excruciating mass suffering and impoverishment experienced around the country, threatening a total and indefinite shutdown of the economy within 14 working days or 21 days after the warning strike if the government did not take steps to address the hardship being experienced across the country.