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FG constitutes 10-man committee on NLC, Kaduna Govt face-off

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The Federal Government has set up a 10-man committee to resolve the impasse between the Kaduna State Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in line wth its commitment to achieve peace between both party.

It added that the committtee would look into situation, mediate among both parties and proffer solutions that would ensure lasting peace across the state.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said that this after a closed door meeting with the NLC and representatives of Kaduna State Government on Thursday in Abuja.

Ngige said that the meeting recognised that the current impasse was caused by communication gap between the two parties.

He said that the meeting resolved to constitute a Bi-partite Committee comprising six representatives of State Government and three officials of the NLC.

”They are to engage further with the objective of reverting with a work plan on how to integrate the provision of section 20 of the Labour Act CAP LFN 2004 to resolve the impasse between the State Government and the NLC.

”The meeting also resolved that the Committee should have as Chairman, the Head of Service of the Kaduna State Government and assisted by a Deputy National President of the NLC.

”The Committee is expected to revert with the work plan for peaceful resolution of all issues in contention to the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment by Tuesday, May 24,” he said.

Ngige added that the work plan was to itemize the structure and sub-structure in the State and Local Government of their activities.

He further said that this also include the time of commencement and envisaged final tenure of the Committee or “they should make recommendations if in its wisdom it thinks the committee should be a Permanent Standing Committee,” he said.

He, therefore, said that it was agreed that there shall be no further industrial action on these issues.

“No worker shall be victimized on account of his or her participation in the Industrial action,” he said.

It would be recalled that the NLC on Monday embarked on a five-day warning strike over sack of 4000 workers by Kaduna State Government. Following the Federal Government intervention, the industrail action was called off affter three days.

The NLC grivencances include, alleged retrenchment of workers by the Kaduna State Government, compulsory retirement of workers on Grade Level 14 and above.

Others are compulsory retirement of workers who have attained the age of 50 years irrespective of their Grade Levels.

Others are the reduction of the staff strength of Local Government to 5O in each of the 23 Local Government Areas and the casualisation of workers on Grade Level I-6.

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