Government, Labour meeting ends in deadlock

The meeting between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and officials of the federal government on the fuel subsidy removal policy ended in a deadlock Monday evening.

The meeting held in Abuja and was attended by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and other leaders.

Earlier in the month, the NLC embarked on a two-day nationwide strike to protest the failure of the Nigerian government to proffer lasting solutions to the challenges caused by fuel subsidy removal.

The union accused the Nigerian government of failure to implement some of its resolutions from its previous meetings.

Earlier, the minister invited the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) for talks to avert the two-day strike held between 5 and 6 September.

However, “only the TUC showed up for the meeting,” Mr Lalong was quoted by Channels as saying.

On Monday, Mr Lalong emphasized the willingness of the government to cooperate with the union members to address the demands of the union.

The minister called upon concerned leaders of various bodies to engage in open-minded and constructive dialogue, to enable them bridge any gaps that may exist between the interests of workers and the ultimate goal of driving economic advancement.



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