NLC and TUC agree to temporarily halt the nationwide strike for a duration of 30 days

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admin October 3, 2023
Updated 2023/10/03 at 8:29 AM

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have decided to postpone the indefinite strike set to begin on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.

This decision came after a lengthy meeting between the unions and the Federal Government. The strike has been suspended for a period of 30 days, during which the government will work towards fulfilling some of its promises.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by the presidents and general secretaries of both the NLC and TUC.

In attendance on the side of the government were H.E. Simon Bako Lalong, Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Hon. Dr Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mallam Mohammed Idris and Honourable Minister of Information and National Orientation.

During the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was reached between the Federal Government and the NLC and TUC as a result of the dispute arising from the withdrawal of subsidy on the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

This MOU aims to address the concerns and grievances raised by the NLC and TUC and to find a mutually agreeable solution to the issue at hand. The parties involved are committed to engaging in dialogue and negotiations to reach a resolution that will be in the best interest of all parties involved, including the Nigerian people.

Both the Federal Government and the NLC and TUC acknowledge the importance of dialogue and peaceful negotiations in resolving disputes and ensuring the well-being and welfare of the Nigerian people.

They recognize the need for collaboration and cooperation between the government, workers’ unions, and other stakeholders in order to achieve sustainable development and progress.

In light of the MOU, the planned strike by the NLC and TUC, which was scheduled to commence on Tuesday, the 3rd of October, 2023, has been suspended pending the outcome of further negotiations and discussions.

The Federal Government, NLC, and TUC are committed to working together to find lasting solutions to the challenges facing the Nigerian economy and to ensure the welfare and well-being of the Nigerian people.

Signed,

Representatives from the Federal Government of Nigeria:

  1. H.E. Simon Bako Lalong, Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment
  2. Hon. Dr Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment
  3. Mallam Mohammed Idris, Honourable Minister of Information and National Orientation

1. The Federal Government grants a wage award of N35,000 (thirty-five thousand Naira) only to all Federal Government workers beginning from the month of September pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have been signed into law.

2. A minimum wage committee shall be inaugurated within one month from the date of this agreement.

3. Federal Government suspends collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) on Diesel for six months beginning from October, 2023.

4. Federal Government accepts to vote N100 billion for the provision of high capacity CNG buses for mass transit in Nigeria. Provisions are also being made for initial 55,000 CNG conversion kits to kick start an auto gas conversion programme, whilst work is ongoing on state-of-the-art CNG stations nationwide. The rollout aims to commence by November with pilots across 10 campuses nationwide.

5. The Federal Government plans to implement various tax incentive measures for private sector and the general public.

6. On the leadership crises rocking the NURTW and the purported proscription of RTEAN, the Federal Government commits to handling Labour matters in line with relevant ILO Conventions and Nigerian Labour Acts. A resolution of the ongoing impasse is expected by or before October 13.

7. The issue of outstanding Salaries and Wages of Tertiary Education workers in Federal-owned educational institutions is being referred to Ministry of Labour and Employment for further engagement.

8. The Federal Government commits to pay N25,000 per month for three months starting from October, 2023 to 15 million households, including vulnerable pensioners.

9. The Federal Government will increase its initiatives on subsidized distribution of fertilizers to farmers across the country.

10. The Federal Government should urge State Government through the National Economic Council and Governors Forum to implement wage award for their workers. Similar consideration should also be given to local government and private sector workers.

11. The Federal Government commits to the provision of funds as announced by the President on the 1st of August broadcast to the Nation for Micro and Small Scale Enterprises. The MSMEs beneficiaries should commit to the principle of decent jobs.

12. A joint visitation will be made to the refineries to ascertain their rehabilitation status.

13. All parties commit to henceforth abide by the dictates of Social dialogue in all our future engagements.

14. The NLC and TUC accept to suspend for 30 days the planned Indefinite Nationwide strike scheduled to begin, Tuesday, the 3rd of October, 2023.

15. This Memorandum shall be filed with the relevant Court of competent jurisdiction within one (1) week as consent judgment by the Federal Government.

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