Labour Crisis Dialogue: There will be peace in Nasarawa State – Chris Ngige
The Nasarawa State government, in a bid to resolve the on-going labour crisis and strike in the State, reached out to the Minister of Labour; to set up a negotiation process that will bring a long lasting peace to the state.
The Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, in a meeting yesterday, with the Nasarawa State government representatives, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), at his office, said the International Labour Organization prescribes social dialogue as a medium for industrial peace.
Ngige reaffirmed that the ministry will not take side and will stay neutral on the matter and ensure the matter is mitigated as desired by both parties.
The President, Trade Union Congress, Bobboi Kaigama, said the NLC and TUC did its best, conducted dialogue with Governor Umaru Al-Makura but the resolutions from the dialogue were not implemented.
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Nasarawa State, Yusuf Usman, who lead the state government representatives said the major factor that lead to the industrial crisis is the introduction of the new salary scheme which was a departure from the existing 2011-2016 salary scheme.
He stated that the intension of the state government at the dialogue table; is to find a quick and lasting solution to the uprising.
The unfortunate situation that happened on the 29th of July, in Lafia, which led to the death of two citizens, is regretted, it was avoidable but because it was decreed by God to happen, it was inevitable he added.
As a result of complaints sent to the National Human Rights Commission, the Commission met with both parties and an injunction was issued compelling the organized labour and the state government to maintain the status quo.
The State government suspended the implementation of the new salary within 24 hours the Commission issued the injunction; this shows ready compliance to status quo as this was the impetus that fuelled the labour crisis he stated
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