NLC Threatens Indefinite Strike: Tinubu Government Invites Union for Talks
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has been invited by the federal government, which is run by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in response to the union’s intention to embark on an indefinite strike.
This was said in a statement made by Simon Lalong, Minister of Labor and Employment, through Olajide Oshundun, Director of Press and Public Relations for the ministry, on September 17, 2023, a Sunday.
The minister said it was crucial for the union to meet with the government to discuss any outstanding issues in order to prevent additional economic disruption. He gave the Department of Trade Union Services and Industrial Relations the go-ahead to schedule a meeting with the leadership of the NLC.
Lalong said the administration of President Bola Tinubu would always “engage the organised labour and respond to its concerns after due consultation and negotiations in order to guarantee industrial harmony which was critical to the attainment of the Renewed Hope Agenda.”
Prior to now, the Minister had extended an invitation to the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) for discussions to prevent the two-day strike that took place on September 5 and 6.
However, “only the TUC showed up for the meeting,” the statement added.
The NLC is calling for the government to change its anti-peoples’ policies in protest of the terrible widespread suffering and poverty.