National Assembly intervenes to prevent nationwide strike by Labour unions

Leah TwakiJune 3, 20242 min

Akpabio and Abbas to mediate between the federal government, NLC and TUC to avert Monday’s nationwide Labour strike 

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The leadership of the National Assembly has announced its intention to mediate between the Federal Government and Organised Labour to prevent an indefinite nationwide strike set to begin on Monday, June 3, 2024.

This was revealed in a joint statement on Sunday by Senator Yemi Adaramodu, Senate Spokesman and Rep. Akin Rotimi, Jr. House Spokesman. They urged all stakeholders to remain patient and cooperative, assuring that the Assembly is working diligently to find a mutually acceptable resolution.

The statement read: “As a responsive parliament, the leadership of the National Assembly, comprising the President of the Senate, H.E. Senator Godswill Akpabio, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, PhD, is taking proactive steps to mediate and avert the impending industrial action, which would have severe repercussions on the populace and economy.

“The National Assembly notes that both parties have tenable reasons for their respective positions. 

“In view of this, the National Assembly Leadership and the Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Labour, Employment and Productivity respectively, Senator Diket Plang, and Rep. Adegboyega Adefarati, are looking to engage both parties in constructive dialogue and explore a variety of solutions in addressing the issues at hand.

“The 10th National Assembly is committed to ensuring that the interests of all parties are fairly represented.”

OrderPaper recalls that this strike action, spearheaded by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), arose from a deadlock in negotiations concerning a new national minimum wage and the reversal of a recent hike in electricity tariffs.

Labour Unions had demanded N494,000 as the new national minimum wage while the federal government offered N60,000 minimum wage which translates to a 100 per cent increase on the existing N30,000 minimum wage of 2019.

Leah Twaki

A Chemistry graduate, excels as a social media manager, digital journalist, and content creator with an interdisciplinary skills blend of science and communication.

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