Joe Ajaero, NLC President
By Victor-Ahiuma Young, Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Ikechukwu Nnochiri, ABUJA
THE Organised Labour made up of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, yesterday agreed to suspend its planned strike scheduled to begin tomorrow to enable further negotiations with the Federal Government.
This was part of the resolutions reached at the end of the meeting late yesterday evening.
Monday’s meeting and resolution were attended and signed by Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President; Festus Osifo, President, TUC; Nuhu Torò, Secretary General, TUC; Joseph Ajaero, President, NLC;
Emmanuel Ugboaja mni, General Secretary, NLC and Ms Kachollom S. Daju, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.
Other resolutions arrived at the meeting include: “Continued engagements by the TUC and the NLC with the Federal Government and secure closure on the resolutions above.
“The Labour Centres and the Federal Government are to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework.
According to the Negotiating Committee, the Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC are to establish a joint committee to review the proposal for any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.
- The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC to review the World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose the inclusion of low-income earners in the program.
- The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.
- The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.
- The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review and establish the framework for the completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.
- The Federal Government to provide a framework for the maintenance of roads and expansion of rail networks across the country.
All other demands submitted by the TUC to the Federal Government will be assessed by the joint committee.
Industrial Court stops strike
In a related event, the National Industrial Court, NIC, sitting in Abuja, yesterday restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, from embarking on their planned strike to protest the unilateral removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.
- The order came on a day the NLC returned to the negotiation table, having earlier refused to attend the meeting, Sunday, insisting that government return the price of petrol to the status quo.
This is even as the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, made public its demands and presentation to the government among which were N200,000 minimum wage and subsidy on food items.