Reps commend suspension of industrial action by organised labour

Kauthar KhaleelNovember 16, 20232 min

The House had on Wednesday, mandated its leadership to liaise with that of the Senate and intervene in the industrial action in the shortest possible time.

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The House of Representatives has welcomed the decision by Organised Labour to suspend its industrial action which had been in force across the country in the last two days.

In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Rep. Akin Rotimi, and the Chairman of the Committee on Labour, Employment, and Productivity, Rep. Adegboyega Adefarati, the Green Chamber also “commended the Office of the National Security Adviser for its efforts in ensuring that the industrial action is suspended for the benefit of all Nigerians.”

It recalled that the House had at Wednesday’s plenary, expressed concern over the industrial action, which paralysed economic activities in most parts of the country and resolved to intervene in the impasse by engaging relevant parties toward an amicable resolution.

“The resolution followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia), on the need to intervene in the face-off between organised labour and the Federal Government.

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“Following an extensive debate by its members, the House thereafter, voted to cut short legislative business for Wednesday and mandated the leadership of the House to liaise with their counterparts in the Senate to jointly intervene in the impasse in the shortest possible time.

“The lawmakers had noted that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and their affiliate unions commenced a nationwide industrial action on Tuesday, November 14, to protest their grievances over a recent assault on the NLC President amongst other issues.

“The House equally noted the attendant effect of a nationwide strike, at a time like this, on the livelihood of hardworking citizens, the economy, and even the lives of those in public health facilities.

“In line with its Legislative Agenda, the Tajudeen Abbas-led ‘People’s House’ is positioned to intervene in national challenges and ensure the welfare of citizens is protected at all times,” the statement partly read.

Kauthar Khaleel

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