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FG and NLC agree to continue discussions – Lalong



The Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have agreed to continue discussions on post-subsidy withdrawal palliatives for workers before the NLC’s 21-day deadline.

Both both promised to find solutions to important demands made by organised labour to the government before the deadline.

Mr Simon Lalong, Minister of Labour and Employment, stated this to reporters after a closed-door meeting with the NLC on Monday in Abuja.

The minister arranged the conference to avoid a scheduled walkout by organised labour and to discuss other problems.

It will be remembered that the NLC had vowed to go on strike on September 21 due to the enormous hardship on the masses caused by the elimination of gasoline subsidies.

He stated that we had excellent conversations on many of the subjects that the NLC had previously brought before the Federal Government.

“Many of the items presented by Labour were still under consideration before the final agreement,” he explained.

However, the minister stated that the Federal Government is committed to addressing the NLC’s concerns about employees.

He stated that the government recognises the legitimate complaints that fueled the recent crisis and is determined to resolve the issues in a just and equitable manner.

He also asked the NLC to reflect the nation’s economic reality as it takes efforts to ensure employees’ well-being.

“As we address our workforce’s concerns, we must be mindful of striking a balance that promotes economic growth and secures our nation’s long-term progress,” he said.

He urged organised labour to collaborate with the government to develop methods to improve workers’ working conditions and benefits while simultaneously fostering a strong economy.

“Today, I invite each of you to join me in an open-minded and constructive dialogue.”

“This will enable us to bridge any gaps that may exist between workers’ interests and the ultimate goal of driving economic advancement,” Lalong added.

According to Mr Joe Ajaero, NLC Pesident, both parties have agreed to continue deliberating in order to reach a genuine deal before the ultimatum expires.

According to Ajaero, we spoke openly about the coup plotted and carried out by the Nigeria Police against the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

“As a result, their democratically elected national officers have been detained, and both parties have agreed to express concern about the resolution of the matter.”

“On the other hand, there is no agreement or implementation on any other issue.” CNG is not available anywhere.

“The refineries are not operating. There was no consensus on a pay award. These are the concerns we expect will be resolved before the ultimatum expires. There is a chance that something will happen.

“We had a pleasant discussion with the minister, and we hope that one day we will get to the bottom of all these problems,” he said.

He also stated that whenever we are invited, we will attend. Both parties will strive together to achieve these goals before the ultimatum’s deadline. (NAN)

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