Labour News in Nigeria: 24 – 30 July 2022

ASUU: Nigeria cannot afford to shutdown all labour activities — Nkire

A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Chief Sam Nkire has said that Nigeria cannot afford to have all the sectors of the economy shutdown due to the solidarity strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

He however called on the Federal Government to urgently take action to avert the looming solidarity strike in the interest of peace and unity of the country.

Nkire who had once taken a swipe at ASUU for “being insensitive to the suffering and academic losses of the Nigerian students, now thinks that urgent action is needed to address all the issues involved in the dispute.”

Nigeria broke, can’t fund 2023 capital projects, Ngige cries out

Labour Minister: Dr. Ngige

ASUU strike may linger as ILO urges regular pension remittances
Nigeria is broke, Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has confirmed.
Addressing a media briefing, yesterday, in Abuja, to mark the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour, the minister stated that the Federal Government does not have money to prosecute capital projects next year, a development which might worsen unemployment and poverty.
He equally told students of federal universities that negotiating separately with members of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would not resolve the problems rocking tertiary education in the country.

Labour pickets MTN, vows to disrupt operations nationwide

MTN, Nigeria

Organised Labour, yesterday, disrupted economic activities at Falomo head office of telecommunications giant, MTN Nigeria, for alleged sharp practices.
Led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the affiliates vowed to disrupt the telecoms firm’s operations nationwide if it refuses to address their demands.
Brandishing placards and chanting solidarity songs, the workers barricaded strategic roads.
President and General Secretary of Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PTECSSAN), Opeyemi Tomori and Okonu Abdullahi, claimed that the telecommunications company “has continued to undermine the country’s economy through its industrial relations practices designed to emasculate workers.”
The labour centre alleged that the firm had remained adamant, insisting all workers’ stipulated condition of must remain.

At Nationwide Protest, Labour Gives Federal Govt 2 Weeks To Meet ASUU’s Demands

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Lagos State yesterday gave the federal government a two-week ultimatum to resolve the impasse with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) or face more serious protests.

It made this threat while observing the national body’s directive  to embark on a protest to pressure the federal government into meeting ASUU’s demands towards ending the over six-month-old industrial dispute.

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