- The federal government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will meet on Monday, September 18, to reopen negotiations on palliatives for Nigerians
- This was confirmed by a source in the NLC who said they had received an invitation from the labour ministry
- However, it was not confirmed if the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) leadership would be in attendance
A source, who confirmed this, revealed that the NLC would be meeting with the federal government soon following an invitation sent to them.
As reported by The Nigerian Tribune, the invitation was also confirmed via a statement issued by the labour ministry's director of press and publications.
The statement reads:
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“The Minister of Labour and Employment Simon Bako Lalong has again invited the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) for another meeting over its planned indefinite strike.
“The Minister who directed the Department of Trade Unions Services and Industrial Relations to convene a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for Monday 18th September 2023 said it was important that the Unions sit with Government to resolve all pending matters to avert further disruption to the economy."
The development is coming days after the last meeting in the first week of September, which only the NLC attended. At the time, the TUC was absent.
NLC to honour FG invitation
Meanwhile, the NLC source confirmed that the body would be attending the next meeting aimed at opening negotiations and settling the ongoing face-off between both parties amicably.
The source said:
“I can confirm to you that we have received the Ministry’s letter and will attend the meeting. NLC is committed to finding a solution to the issues. We hope that the government is sincere enough to be truthful in discussions and finding solutions.
“NLC has always been disposed for negotiations and solutions to the issues however experiences have taught us that government is not sincere to broker last solutions to the issues. So immediately we smell insincerity to what government is saying, we stay aware to their meeting.”
Tinubu gave N100m to National Assembly members as palliatives? House of Reps react
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, the House of Representatives denied claims by the NLC that its members received N100 million each as palliative from the executive arm.
The national assistant general secretary of the NLC, Christopher Onyeka, made the claim during a recent interview.
But the spokesperson of the House, Akin Rotimi, stated that it was malicious to claim that members of the national assembly got N100 million each.