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National Assembly Leaders in High-Stakes Talks with Labour Unions to Prevent Imminent Nationwide Strike

The leadership of the National Assembly is currently engaged in crucial negotiations with organized labour unions in Abuja, aiming

National Assembly Leaders in High-Stakes Talks with Labour Unions to Prevent Imminent Nationwide Strike

The leadership of the National Assembly is currently engaged in crucial negotiations with organized labour unions in Abuja, aiming to prevent a looming indefinite strike that could disrupt the nation’s economy.

This high-level meeting includes key government figures such as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume; Minister of National Planning, Atiku Bagudu; Minister of Labour, Mrs. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; Minister of Finance, Mr. Olawale Edu; Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris; and Head of Civil Service, Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan, among others.

From the National Assembly, President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio; Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin; and Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, are actively participating in the discussions.

Breakdown of Negotiations

The organized labour in Nigeria, represented by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), has declared an indefinite nationwide strike set to begin at midnight on Sunday, June 2, 2024. This decision follows the collapse of negotiations over a new national minimum wage for workers.

Labour leaders Joe Ajaero (NLC) and Festus Osifo (TUC) addressed the media in Abuja on Friday, announcing the strike action as a protest against the stalled wage negotiations. TUC President Festus Osifo highlighted that the scheduled negotiation on Friday, May 31st, failed to proceed due to the absence of a government representative authorized to make binding decisions.

Osifo also mentioned that during the last Committee meeting, the government proposed a new wage of Sixty thousand naira (N60,000.00), which labour unions found unacceptable. Labour has since awaited a reconvened meeting with a more substantial offer.

With the strike set to commence at 1 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2024, the outcome of the ongoing talks is critical. The government officials and National Assembly leaders are striving to reach an agreement that would prevent the strike and address the wage concerns of Nigerian workers, thereby ensuring economic stability and continuity of essential services.

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