Strike: Uncertainty as FG, NLC meeting ends in deadlock

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Details of the meeting between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, have emerged.

The meeting ended in a deadlock, on Monday.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, called the meeting which failed to address any of the issues raised by the Union.

However, the minister expressed optimism that the issues raised by the Nigerian workers would be addressed.

He said the FG would resolve the issues before the deadline.

“We must also recognize the economic realities that confront us.

“As we address the concerns of our workforce, we must be mindful of striking a balance that promotes economic growth and secures sustainable progress for our nation.

“Today, I call upon each one of you to join hands in an open-minded and constructive dialogue, enabling us to bridge any gaps that may exist between the interests of workers and the ultimate goal of driving economic advancement,” he said.

NLC President, Ajaero said: “in the ultimatum we gave and in the NEC resolution, the issue of NURTW was clearly stated and it was at the time the issue has not degenerated the way it is now. That was why we had to bring it along.

“On the other issues you can see that there was no agreement on any, there is no CNG anywhere and refineries are not working, neither gas.

“Nothing has been done on the issue of wage award and cash transfer or the ASUU issues. However, we believe that between now and the next few days, when the ultimatum expires, something will happen.”

Ajaero said there was no going back on the planned indefinite strike if no progress was made before the expiration of the union’s ultimatum.

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