… As labour calls off strike
The Federal Government (FG) has been able to persuade the leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to shelve their proposed strike which was planned to commence on Wednesday, after several hours of heated deliberations
The meeting also agreed to activate a tripartite committee that would review the current national minimum wage.
The meeting which lasted for over six hours at the Presidential Villa Abuja, had former NLC President, Adams Oshiomhole, the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited NNPCL, Mele Kyari, NLC President, Joe Ajaero, TUC President, Festus Osifo, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajiabiamila amongst others in attendance.
Part of other demands from the two labour bodies which the Federal Government is expected to meet is the boosting of road and rail infrastructures to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal policy which has been effected by the Bola Tinubu led administration since May 29th while taking oath of office.
Meanwhile, the organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), have agreed to suspend its proposed strike scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday over the removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government.
The suspension of the planned strike followed a meeting between Labour and officials of the government.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who read the communique at the end of the meeting between organised labour and the federal government.
According to the speaker, the federal government, the TUC and the NLC are to establish a joint committee to review the proposal for any wage increase and a framework and timeline for implementation.
He said the federal government, the TUC and the NLC are to review the World Bank-financed cash transfer scheme and propose inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.
They are also to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.
He said, “The Labour centres and the federal government are to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.
“The Labour centres and the federal government are to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries. The federal government is 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.”
Consequently, Gbajabiamila said the parties agreed that the NLC will suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations, while the TUC and the NLC are to continue the ongoing engagements with the federal government to ensure the realization of the resolutions above.
The Labour bodies and the federal government are to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework, the speaker added.
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