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Nationwide strike: FG, NLC meeting ends in deadlock




The meeting between the Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to avoid a strike ended on Monday with no clear resolution to the union’s demands.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, met with the Labour union President, Joe Ajaero, and other leaders in Abuja to try to prevent another strike by organized labour.

The meeting is scheduled to resume at a later date.

However, the minister is also scheduled to meet with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) leadership later on Monday.

The impasse followed Lalong’s invitation to the NLC for a meeting in light of the union’s planned nationwide strike owing to the removal of fuel subsidies and the hardship in the country.

Earlier, the minister invited the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) for talks to avert the two-day strike held between September 5 and 6.

However, “only the TUC showed up for the meeting,” the ministry added.