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FG, NLC meeting ends in deadlock



FG, NLC meeting

The meeting between the federal government and Organized Labour on Monday ended in a deadlock.

Both parties convened to discuss post-subsidy removal palliatives for workers, with the union threatening to embark on indefinite strike.

The meeting, which was hosted by the Minister of Labour, Simon Lalong, in Abuja, however, failed to reach a consensus.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) insisted that the FG must meet its demands ahead of the 21-day ultimatum issued on September 1 by the congress.

The union had on September 1 handed down the 21-day ultimatum to the FG over the delay in sharing of palliatives, saying it might be compelled to declare an indefinite labour action if its demands were not met.

In furtherance of its demands, the NLC mobilised workers for a two-day warning strike on September 5 and 6, partially grounding social and economic activities in several states with banks, ministries, agencies and departments closed to the public in some states.

The NLC leadership had said the action was in preparation for a total shutdown of the economy which would start at the expiration of the ultimatum on Friday.

Among other demands, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress were asking for wage awards, implementation of palliatives, tax exemptions and allowances to the public sector workers and a review of the minimum wage.

Though the FG made a commitment to restructure the framework for engagement with organised Labour on palliatives, the eight-week timeframe set for the conclusion of the process expired in August with no action whatsoever.