The Federal Government under the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has invited the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the union’s plan to go on indefinite strike.
This was contained in a statement issued by Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong through Director, Press and Public Relations of the ministry, Olajide Oshundun, on Sunday, September 17, 2023.
The minister, who directed the Department of Trade Unions Services and Industrial Relations to convene a meeting with the leadership of the NLC, said it was important that the union sit with the government to resolve all pending matters to avert further disruption to the economy.
Lalong said the administration of President Bola Tinubu would always “engage the organised labour and respond to its concerns after due consultation and negotiations in order to guarantee industrial harmony which was 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.
The NLC is protesting the excruciating mass suffering and impoverishment experienced around the country, asking the government to reverse its anti-peoples’ policies.