NLC
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Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. (Dr.) Chris Nwabueze Ngige has appealed to the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, to come back to negotiation table to conclude the negotiations that have been kick-started with the FG as strikes will neither increase government earnings nor repair our ailing refineries but will rather lower productivity and further damage our limping economy.
According to the statement made available to Nigerian Pilot Newspaper, he disclosed that the Federal Government negotiating team are ready to recommence the negotiation with the Comrade Ayuba Waba led NLC any time in line with the directive of the National Industrial Court.
“I wish to use this forum as the major conciliator in this critical national issue to appeal to NLC to return to the negotiating table to conclude the negotiations that have been kick-started.
“Other brother federation unions, TUC, NUPENG, PENGASAN, NUEEE, NUBUIFE and other sensitive unions have signed a memorandum of understanding with the government negotiating team on the modalities for the implementation of the palliatives, needed to cushion the adverse effects of the increase in the pump price of petroleum.
“I wish to state unequivocally that strikes will neither increase government earnings nor repair our ailing refineries but will rather lower productivity and further damage our limping economy. In this wise I have obtained the readiness of the federal government negotiating team to recommence negotiation with the NLC led by Comrade Ayuba Waba any time, in compliance with the directive of the National Industrial Court for both parties to further explore Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism, ADR.
Nigerian Pilot recalls that on the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, on Tuesday night walked out from the negotiation with the Federal Government on grounds of that the FG failed to meet their demands.
Ngige reiterated the FG commitment to consider all the issues raised by the NLC as well as the implementation of the palliatives in the 2016 budget, while developing other ways to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians including the provision of jobs.
“The Federal Government is fully committed to the quick implementation of the palliatives in the 2016 budget, while developing other ways to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians.
“The federal government appreciates all the important issues raised by the labour unions and has taken them into consideration. Government is resolute in making sure that the economy is not only strong but able to provide jobs and opportunities for all Nigerians.


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