Full details of FG meeting with NLC over subsidy removal emerge

Breaking: Labour directs workers to shut operations, begin nationwide strike Monday

Federal Government and Nigeria Labour Congress Meeting Fails to Resolve Impending Strike.


Efforts to avert an impending strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) hit a roadblock as a crucial meeting between the Federal Government and NLC leaders ended without a concrete resolution on Monday. The meeting aimed to address the union’s demands and prevent organized labour from embarking on another industrial action.


The meeting brought together the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, and NLC President Joe Ajaero, along with other leaders.

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Key highlights from the meeting and the ongoing situation include:


Unresolved Demands: Despite discussions, the meeting did not yield a satisfactory resolution to the NLC’s demands. These demands primarily centered on issues related to the removal of fuel subsidies and the prevailing economic hardships in the country

Continuation Expected: It was announced that the meeting would continue at a later date, underscoring the complexity of the issues under consideration.

Upcoming Meeting with TUC: Minister Lalong is also scheduled to hold a meeting with the leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) today, possibly in a bid to explore alternative avenues for addressing the concerns raised by labour unions.

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Minister’s Appeal: During the meeting, Minister Lalong pledged to collaborate with organized labour to address their demands in a just and balanced manner. He urged labour leaders to engage in realistic and frank discussions and expressed optimism that the dialogue would result in a resolution that serves the national interest.


Mixed Feelings: NLC President Joe Ajaero, in response, expressed a sense of cautious optimism about the meeting’s outcome. He acknowledged that similar discussions in the past had often failed to produce positive results. Ajaero emphasized that the frustration of Nigerian workers, caused by the hardships associated with the removal of fuel subsidies, had led to previous strikes.

Unaddressed Agreements: Ajaero pointed out that previous agreements with the Federal Government had not been adequately addressed, adding to the labour unions’ skepticism. He also strongly condemned the recent invasion of the office of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), expressing concern about the arrest and detention of some of its leaders. This incident further intensified the NLC’s resolve to proceed with their planned strike.

The outcome of this ongoing negotiation between the Federal Government and labour unions holds significant implications for the labour landscape and the economic stability of Nigeria. Observers are closely monitoring the developments as discussions continue



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