The Federal Government on Friday assured organized labour that it is committed to maintaining open and constructive communication with them to foster positive labour relations and guarantee a supportive working environment for all workers.
The government also said that it has shown good faith in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it reached with workers, adding that negotiations are often a gradual process.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, speaking with newsmen Abuja while reacting to the 14-day ultimatum issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC of Nigeria, over the failure of the government to keep to agreements, assured that the government is committed to addressing labour concerns and fulfilling all agreements.
She said the government will continue to leverage the principles of social dialogue, valuing the input of our social partners, to create a better Nigeria for all.
According to her, “I would like to begin by acknowledging our profound concern regarding the difficulties currently experienced by Nigerian workers. This government acknowledges the challenges faced by Nigerians and has demonstrated sincerity in its ongoing negotiations with the trade unions.
“You will also agree with me that negotiations are often a gradual process, with resolutions unfolding in stages; however, the government is assuring Nigerians of its continued commitment to addressing labour concerns and fulfilling all agreements as we move forward together.”
“The government would also like to assure organized labour of its commitment to maintaining open and constructive communication with them to foster positive labour relations and guarantee a supportive working environment for all workers.”
The Minister urged organized labour to continue demonstrating prudence in their decisions and actions as the government works exceedingly hard to address the challenges currently faced by the nation.