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  •  The International Labour Organization ILO and Nigeria Labour Congress NLC have collaborated to build capacities of workers to participate in UN reforms relating to decent work agenda The organisations are jointly organising a three day capacity building workshop for NLC educators on the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework UN SDCF and the Decent Work Agenda DWA At the opening of the workshop on Wednesday in Lagos the Director of ILO Country Office Ms Vanessa Phala said that the workshop was crucial and planned as part of ILO s ongoing efforts at exploring innovative approaches Phala was represented by Ms Chinyere Emeka Anuna Senior Programme Officer ILO Country Office Abuja These approaches are for supporting and guiding trade unions and encouraging them to take a more proactive and assertive role in processes shaping development policies at national regional and global levels To this end allow me to commend the ILO ACTRAV for launching in April 2021 a publication entitled United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation and the Decent Work Agenda A Trade Union Reference Manual The reference manual for trade unions emphasises their political and developmental role in the UN sustainable development I am pleased to note that this workshop has been conceptualised around the themes and modules in the reference manual designed to explain and simplify UN country level development processes she said The official said that the processes included common country analyses leading up to the consolidation and adoption of the cooperation frameworks and the expected role of trade unions as well as how unions could promote ILO normative agenda international labour standards and national development strategies A UN Coordinator Mr Matthias Schmale said that the UN SDCF outlined how the UN system would leverage its comparative advantages and broad resources Schmale was represented by Ms Inviolata Chinyangarara ILO Senior Specialist in Workers Activities Country Office Abuja He said It has been written with the close collaboration and vital inputs of government at all levels along with a wide array of others from across the society including the NLC We are now close to finalising this essential framework the document will be our North Star as it outlines the how what where when and why of the UN s activities across the country It outlines how we will drive change and accomplish the 2030 Agenda with its accompanying SDGs In his remarks NLC s General Secretary Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja said that the workshop was unique because trade unions had not been engaged with regard to UN operations in the country There is a formal effort to get the workers through the trade unions to be involved and get acquainted with the works of the UN in the country This is the initial take off to build the capacity of trade unions to understand the workings of the UN particularly with regard to the development goals he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO, NLC partner to acquaint workers with UN decent work agenda
     The International Labour Organization ILO and Nigeria Labour Congress NLC have collaborated to build capacities of workers to participate in UN reforms relating to decent work agenda The organisations are jointly organising a three day capacity building workshop for NLC educators on the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework UN SDCF and the Decent Work Agenda DWA At the opening of the workshop on Wednesday in Lagos the Director of ILO Country Office Ms Vanessa Phala said that the workshop was crucial and planned as part of ILO s ongoing efforts at exploring innovative approaches Phala was represented by Ms Chinyere Emeka Anuna Senior Programme Officer ILO Country Office Abuja These approaches are for supporting and guiding trade unions and encouraging them to take a more proactive and assertive role in processes shaping development policies at national regional and global levels To this end allow me to commend the ILO ACTRAV for launching in April 2021 a publication entitled United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation and the Decent Work Agenda A Trade Union Reference Manual The reference manual for trade unions emphasises their political and developmental role in the UN sustainable development I am pleased to note that this workshop has been conceptualised around the themes and modules in the reference manual designed to explain and simplify UN country level development processes she said The official said that the processes included common country analyses leading up to the consolidation and adoption of the cooperation frameworks and the expected role of trade unions as well as how unions could promote ILO normative agenda international labour standards and national development strategies A UN Coordinator Mr Matthias Schmale said that the UN SDCF outlined how the UN system would leverage its comparative advantages and broad resources Schmale was represented by Ms Inviolata Chinyangarara ILO Senior Specialist in Workers Activities Country Office Abuja He said It has been written with the close collaboration and vital inputs of government at all levels along with a wide array of others from across the society including the NLC We are now close to finalising this essential framework the document will be our North Star as it outlines the how what where when and why of the UN s activities across the country It outlines how we will drive change and accomplish the 2030 Agenda with its accompanying SDGs In his remarks NLC s General Secretary Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja said that the workshop was unique because trade unions had not been engaged with regard to UN operations in the country There is a formal effort to get the workers through the trade unions to be involved and get acquainted with the works of the UN in the country This is the initial take off to build the capacity of trade unions to understand the workings of the UN particularly with regard to the development goals he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ILO, NLC partner to acquaint workers with UN decent work agenda
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    ILO, NLC partner to acquaint workers with UN decent work agenda

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have collaborated to build capacities of workers to participate in  UN reforms relating to decent work agenda.

    The organisations are jointly organising a three-day capacity building workshop for NLC educators on the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UN-SDCF) and the Decent Work Agenda (DWA).  

    At the opening of the workshop on Wednesday in Lagos, the Director of ILO Country Office, Ms Vanessa Phala, said that the workshop was crucial and planned as part of ILO’s ongoing efforts at exploring innovative approaches.

    Phala was represented by Ms Chinyere Emeka-Anuna, Senior Programme Officer, ILO Country Office, Abuja.

    “These approaches are for supporting and guiding trade unions and encouraging them to take a more proactive and assertive role in processes shaping development policies at national, regional and global levels.

    “To this end, allow me to commend the ILO (ACTRAV) for launching, in April 2021, a publication entitled: `United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation and the Decent Work Agenda: A Trade Union Reference Manual’.

    “The reference manual for trade unions emphasises their political and developmental role in the UN sustainable development.

    “I am pleased to note that this workshop has been conceptualised around the themes and modules in the reference manual designed to explain and simplify UN country level development processes,” she said.

    The official said that the processes included common country analyses leading up to the consolidation and adoption of the cooperation frameworks and the expected role of trade unions as well as how unions could  promote ILO normative agenda, international labour standards and national development strategies.

    A UN Coordinator, Mr Matthias Schmale, said that the UN-SDCF outlined how the UN system would leverage its comparative advantages and broad resources.

    Schmale was represented by Ms Inviolata Chinyangarara, ILO Senior Specialist in Workers’ Activities, Country Office, Abuja.

    He said: “It has been written with the close collaboration and vital inputs of government at all levels, along with a wide array of others from across the society, including the NLC.

    “We are now close to finalising this essential framework; the document will be our North Star as it outlines the how, what, where, when and why of the UN’s activities across the country.

    “It outlines how we will drive change and accomplish the 2030 Agenda with its accompanying SDGs.” In his remarks, NLC’s General Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, said that the workshop was unique because  trade unions had not been engaged with regard to UN operations in the country.

    “There is a formal effort to get the workers through the trade unions to be involved and get acquainted with the works of the UN in the country.

    “This is the initial take-off to build the capacity of trade unions to understand the workings of the UN, particularly with regard to the development goals,” he said.


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  •  Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja the General Secretary Nigeria Labour Congress NLC says the congress will hold an Abuja Mega solidarity protest in support of trade unions on the strike by public universities Ugboaja made this known in a statement signed by Bello Ismail on his behalf and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for over five months for alleged failure of government to keep to agreements entered with the unions The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities salaries and earned allowances of lecturers among others According to Ugboaja in furtherance of the decision of the National Executive Council of the congress a mega rally will hold in Abuja on Wednesday July 27 I am directed to inform you that workers are to converge on the Unity Fountain at 7 30 a m Given the significance of this rally affiliates are directed to mobilise in large numbers he said The solidarity protests started nationwide on Tuesday across all states of the Federation while that of the Federal Capital Territory will be on Wednesday The President of the NLC Mr Ayuba Wabba had said that the nationwide protest was to compel the Federal Government to do the needful so that the students would return to school The congress also threatened to embark on a three day warning strike If government still refused to do the needful immediately after the protest NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU: NLC holds Abuja mega solitary protest on Wednesday
     Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja the General Secretary Nigeria Labour Congress NLC says the congress will hold an Abuja Mega solidarity protest in support of trade unions on the strike by public universities Ugboaja made this known in a statement signed by Bello Ismail on his behalf and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for over five months for alleged failure of government to keep to agreements entered with the unions The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities salaries and earned allowances of lecturers among others According to Ugboaja in furtherance of the decision of the National Executive Council of the congress a mega rally will hold in Abuja on Wednesday July 27 I am directed to inform you that workers are to converge on the Unity Fountain at 7 30 a m Given the significance of this rally affiliates are directed to mobilise in large numbers he said The solidarity protests started nationwide on Tuesday across all states of the Federation while that of the Federal Capital Territory will be on Wednesday The President of the NLC Mr Ayuba Wabba had said that the nationwide protest was to compel the Federal Government to do the needful so that the students would return to school The congress also threatened to embark on a three day warning strike If government still refused to do the needful immediately after the protest NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU: NLC holds Abuja mega solitary protest on Wednesday
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    ASUU: NLC holds Abuja mega solitary protest on Wednesday

    Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, the General-Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), says the congress will hold an ”Abuja Mega” solidarity protest in support of trade unions on the strike by public universities.

     Ugboaja made this known in a statement signed by Bello Ismail, on his behalf and made available to newsmen on Tuesday, in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for over five months for alleged failure of government to keep to agreements entered with the unions.

    The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities, salaries and earned allowances of lecturers, among others.

    According to Ugboaja, in furtherance of the decision of the National Executive Council of the congress, a mega rally will hold in Abuja on Wednesday, July 27.

    ”I am directed to inform you that workers are to converge on the Unity Fountain at 7:30 a.m. ”Given the significance of this rally, affiliates are directed to mobilise in large numbers,,” he said.

    The solidarity protests started nationwide on Tuesday across all states of the Federation, while that of the Federal Capital Territory will be on Wednesday.

    The President of the NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba, had said that the nationwide protest was to compel the Federal Government to do the needful so that the students would return to school.

    The congress also threatened to embark on a three-day warning strike If government still refused to do the needful immediately after the protest.

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  •  The National Union of Banks Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees NUBIFIE says it will join the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in its solidarity strike over the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU strike NUBIFIE said this in a statement signed by Its National President Mr Anthony Abakpa and General Secretary Mr Mohammed Sheikh on Sunday The NLC had said that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and July 27 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria public universities and others The NLC President Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja General Secretary of the Congress in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the circular which was issued on July 15 was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils NUBUFIE said it was obvious that the lingering lecturers strike since Feb 14 would continue to take huge toll on the academic performance of the students It also noted the psychological trauma it had impaired on both the student and the poor parents NUBIFIE called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene concretely and end the ongoing strikes The NUBIFIE statement read in part However if after one day protest by NLC on this issue and nothing is done the union will have no other option than to call out all our members in banks insurance and other financial institutions in solidarity with ASUU The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had since Feb 14 embarked on an indefinite strike over face off with the government The union had accused the government of failing to implement the Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Action signed between both parties Other issues include government s poor commitment to the payment of academic earned allowances and the continued use of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System The lecturers are also unhappy with the refusal of government to adopt the Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution and the proliferation of universities in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: NUBIFIE threatens shutdown of financial institutions if crisis lingers
     The National Union of Banks Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees NUBIFIE says it will join the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in its solidarity strike over the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU strike NUBIFIE said this in a statement signed by Its National President Mr Anthony Abakpa and General Secretary Mr Mohammed Sheikh on Sunday The NLC had said that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and July 27 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria public universities and others The NLC President Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja General Secretary of the Congress in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the circular which was issued on July 15 was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils NUBUFIE said it was obvious that the lingering lecturers strike since Feb 14 would continue to take huge toll on the academic performance of the students It also noted the psychological trauma it had impaired on both the student and the poor parents NUBIFIE called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene concretely and end the ongoing strikes The NUBIFIE statement read in part However if after one day protest by NLC on this issue and nothing is done the union will have no other option than to call out all our members in banks insurance and other financial institutions in solidarity with ASUU The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had since Feb 14 embarked on an indefinite strike over face off with the government The union had accused the government of failing to implement the Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Action signed between both parties Other issues include government s poor commitment to the payment of academic earned allowances and the continued use of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System The lecturers are also unhappy with the refusal of government to adopt the Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution and the proliferation of universities in the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU strike: NUBIFIE threatens shutdown of financial institutions if crisis lingers
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    ASUU strike: NUBIFIE threatens shutdown of financial institutions if crisis lingers

    The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) says it will join the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in its solidarity strike over the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

    NUBIFIE said this in a statement signed by Its National President, Mr Anthony Abakpa, and General Secretary, Mr                         Mohammed Sheikh, on Sunday.

    The NLC had said that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and July 27 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria public universities and others.

    The NLC President, Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary of the Congress in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the circular, which was issued on July 15, was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils NUBUFIE said it was obvious that the lingering lecturers’ strike, since Feb.

    14, would continue to take huge toll on the academic performance of the students.

    It also noted the psychological trauma it had impaired on both the student and the poor parents.

    NUBIFIE called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene concretely and end the ongoing strikes.

    The NUBIFIE statement read in part: “However, if after one-day protest by NLC on this issue and nothing is done, the union will have no other option than to call out all our members in banks, insurance and other financial institutions in solidarity with ASUU.“ The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had since Feb.

    14 embarked on an indefinite strike over face-off with the government.

    The union had accused the government of failing to implement the Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Action signed between both parties.

    Other issues include government’s poor commitment to the payment of academic earned allowances and the continued use of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

    The lecturers are also unhappy with the refusal of government to adopt the Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution, and the proliferation of universities in the country.

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  •  The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has said that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria public universities and others The NLC President Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja General Secretary of the Congress on Sunday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the circular which was issued on July 15 was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for over five months over alleged failure of government to keep to agreement entered with the unions The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities salaries and earned allowances of lecturers According to Wabba the action is in line with the decisions of the National Executive Council NEC meeting of the Nigeria Labour Congress on June 30 We have scheduled as follows the National Days of Protest to get our children back to school and support our unions in Nigeria s public universities fighting for quality education The dates are on July 26 and 27 at all the state capitals of the federation and Abuja the Federal Capital Territory and take off point are at the NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House Abuja You are requested to immediately convene the meetings of your SAC to disseminate this information and to fully mobilise workers in the states for this very important protest for good governance he said Also in a separate statement Wabba faulted the Federal Government s purported rejection of the Nimi Briggs Committee report of the university based union s negotiations According to him the alleged action is inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the ILO Convention Number 98 ratified by Nigeria and which core principle is Negotiation in Good Faith The Nigeria Labour Congress is concerned about reports widely disseminated by the media both online and traditional positing that the Federal Government may have rejected its own Nimi Briggs Committee That is on the premise of alleged disparity between the pay rise allocated to university teaching staff and the non teaching staff First we wish to posit that the purpose for setting up the Nimi Briggs Committee was to conform with the fundamental principles of the rights of trade unions to collective bargaining as guaranteed by ILO Convention Number 98 which Nigeria has ratified Wabba pointed out that one of the cardinal principles of collective bargaining was the Principle of Negotiation in Good fate He noted that elements of the principle included conducting genuine and constructive negotiations Wabba however noted that since the government set up the Nimi briggs Committee to make recommendations on the review of the salaries of workers in Nigeria s universities the unions and NLC had been kept in the dark on the report of the Committee According to him it is a shocker to read from the media snippets of a report of what is strictly the product of a negotiation between the Federal Government Committee and the concerned trade unions Our first response is to aver that this development gravely betrays and undermines the principle of negotiation in good fate as it manifests crass disrespect by government for trade unions in Nigeria s universities he said He said the Congress therefore demanded that the Federal Government should immediately conclude the ongoing negotiation with trade unions in Nigeria s universities He also called on government to be prepared to commence the implementation of whatever Collective Bargaining Agreement arising from it They should also immediately pay the salaries of striking university workers which had been frozen on the premise of the so called no work no pay policy especially as recommended by the leaders of Nigeria s two major faiths he said www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: NLC to embark on nationwide solidarity protest on July 26, 27
     The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has said that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria public universities and others The NLC President Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja General Secretary of the Congress on Sunday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the circular which was issued on July 15 was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for over five months over alleged failure of government to keep to agreement entered with the unions The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities salaries and earned allowances of lecturers According to Wabba the action is in line with the decisions of the National Executive Council NEC meeting of the Nigeria Labour Congress on June 30 We have scheduled as follows the National Days of Protest to get our children back to school and support our unions in Nigeria s public universities fighting for quality education The dates are on July 26 and 27 at all the state capitals of the federation and Abuja the Federal Capital Territory and take off point are at the NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House Abuja You are requested to immediately convene the meetings of your SAC to disseminate this information and to fully mobilise workers in the states for this very important protest for good governance he said Also in a separate statement Wabba faulted the Federal Government s purported rejection of the Nimi Briggs Committee report of the university based union s negotiations According to him the alleged action is inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the ILO Convention Number 98 ratified by Nigeria and which core principle is Negotiation in Good Faith The Nigeria Labour Congress is concerned about reports widely disseminated by the media both online and traditional positing that the Federal Government may have rejected its own Nimi Briggs Committee That is on the premise of alleged disparity between the pay rise allocated to university teaching staff and the non teaching staff First we wish to posit that the purpose for setting up the Nimi Briggs Committee was to conform with the fundamental principles of the rights of trade unions to collective bargaining as guaranteed by ILO Convention Number 98 which Nigeria has ratified Wabba pointed out that one of the cardinal principles of collective bargaining was the Principle of Negotiation in Good fate He noted that elements of the principle included conducting genuine and constructive negotiations Wabba however noted that since the government set up the Nimi briggs Committee to make recommendations on the review of the salaries of workers in Nigeria s universities the unions and NLC had been kept in the dark on the report of the Committee According to him it is a shocker to read from the media snippets of a report of what is strictly the product of a negotiation between the Federal Government Committee and the concerned trade unions Our first response is to aver that this development gravely betrays and undermines the principle of negotiation in good fate as it manifests crass disrespect by government for trade unions in Nigeria s universities he said He said the Congress therefore demanded that the Federal Government should immediately conclude the ongoing negotiation with trade unions in Nigeria s universities He also called on government to be prepared to commence the implementation of whatever Collective Bargaining Agreement arising from it They should also immediately pay the salaries of striking university workers which had been frozen on the premise of the so called no work no pay policy especially as recommended by the leaders of Nigeria s two major faiths he said www nanews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: NLC to embark on nationwide solidarity protest on July 26, 27
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    ASUU Strike: NLC to embark on nationwide solidarity protest on July 26, 27

    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has said that it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria public universities and others.

    The NLC President, Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary of the Congress on Sunday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the circular which was issued on July 15, was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils.

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for over five months over alleged failure of government to keep to agreement entered with the unions.

    The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities, salaries and earned allowances of lecturers.

    According to Wabba,  the action is in line with the decisions of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Nigeria Labour Congress on June 30.

    “We have scheduled as follows the National Days of Protest to get our children back to school and support our unions in Nigeria’s public universities fighting for quality education.

    “The dates are on July 26 and 27 at all the state capitals of the federation and Abuja the Federal Capital Territory and take off point are at the NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House, Abuja.

    “You are requested to immediately convene the meetings of your SAC to disseminate this information and to fully mobilise workers in the states for this very important protest for good governance, ’’ he said.

    Also, in a separate statement, Wabba faulted the Federal Government’s purported rejection of the Nimi-Briggs Committee report of the university based union’s negotiations.

    According to him, the alleged action is inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the ILO Convention Number 98 ratified by Nigeria and which core principle is Negotiation in Good Faith.

    “The Nigeria Labour Congress is concerned about reports widely disseminated by the media both online and traditional, positing that the Federal Government may have rejected its own Nimi-Briggs Committee.

    “That is  on the premise of alleged disparity between the pay rise allocated to university teaching staff and the non-teaching staff.

    “First, we wish to posit that the purpose for setting up the Nimi Briggs Committee was to conform with the fundamental principles of the rights of trade unions to collective bargaining as guaranteed by ILO Convention Number 98 which Nigeria has ratified.

    Wabba pointed out that one of the cardinal principles of collective bargaining was the Principle of Negotiation in Good fate.

    He noted that elements of the principle included conducting genuine and constructive negotiations.

    Wabba however, noted that since the government set up the Nimi-briggs Committee to make recommendations on the review of the salaries of workers in Nigeria’s universities, the unions and NLC had been kept in the dark on the report of the Committee.

    According to him, it is a shocker to read from the media snippets of a report of what is strictly the product of a negotiation between the Federal Government Committee and the concerned trade unions.

    “Our first response is to aver that this development gravely betrays and undermines the principle of negotiation in good fate as it manifests crass disrespect by government for trade unions in Nigeria’s universities,’’ he said.

    He said the Congress therefore demanded that the Federal Government should immediately conclude the ongoing negotiation with trade unions in Nigeria’s universities.

    He also called on government to be prepared to commence the implementation of whatever Collective Bargaining Agreement arising from it.

    “They should also immediately pay the salaries of striking university workers which had been frozen on the premise of the so-called “no work-no pay” policy, especially as recommended by the leaders of Nigeria’s two major faiths,’’ he said.(www.nanews.ng)

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  •  The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has threatened to embark on a three day nationwide warning strike in solidarity with affiliate unions in the universities and Nigerian students The union s threat is contained in a communique jointly signed by its President Mr Ayuba Wabba and its General Secretary Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja and issued to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja The communiqu was issued at the end of the Congress Central Working Committee CWC meeting The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NLC had on April 13 given the Federal Government 21 days within which to set up a High Powered Panel to resolve the issues that were causing incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and others According to the CWC the NLC has threatened to hold protests against the lingering ASUU strike within the subsisting 21days ultimatum This is also occasioned by government s failure to honour agreements reached with trade unions in our universities If at the end of the national protest and the 21 days ultimatum the Federal Government fails to resolve the industrial crises in Nigeria s universities the Congress would be left with no other option than to embark on three days nationwide warning strike This is in solidarity with our affiliates in the universities and with Nigerian students whose future and wellbeing are being jeopardised it stated The CWC said the protest was to draw the attention of government to the inherent catastrophe in the emerging culture of social apartheid in the society by prolonged lockout from academics of students from poor homes It also said affiliates of the NLC were to issue public statements condemning the intermittent strikes in Nigeria s universities According to the union this current one which has gone on for about two months is worrisome The CWC also described the current insecurity as totally unacceptable and called on the government to rein in the monstrous cancer before it consumed the entire country It called for the declaration of all out war against terrorists and their sponsors including those who diverted funds meant to fight insurgency It further called on government to focus on the immediate release from captivity of all abducted citizens while also calling on them to nip in the bud current intelligence on threat by terrorists to resort to mass bombings The CWC however called on the governments of Taraba Cross River and Zamfara states to immediately commence payment of the arrears of national minimum wage owed their workers It also called on the Abia government to immediately clear the backlog of pension arrears owed retirees in the state The CWC therefore called on all employers of labour to respect the sanctity of work by ensuring prompt payment of workers salaries and entitlements The CWC also reiterated the readiness of Nigerian workers to use their Permanent Voter Cards to vote only candidates and political parties that subscribed to Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands It further called on major political parties selling forms for political offices to the highest bidder to rescind such decisions immediately The CWC also felicitated with workers on the commemoration of the 2022 International Workers Day with a promise to communicate to workers if there were any changes to the date of celebration of the 2022 May Day www nannew ng NAN
    NLC to embark on 3 days warning strike in solidarity with unions, students 
     The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has threatened to embark on a three day nationwide warning strike in solidarity with affiliate unions in the universities and Nigerian students The union s threat is contained in a communique jointly signed by its President Mr Ayuba Wabba and its General Secretary Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja and issued to newsmen on Thursday in Abuja The communiqu was issued at the end of the Congress Central Working Committee CWC meeting The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NLC had on April 13 given the Federal Government 21 days within which to set up a High Powered Panel to resolve the issues that were causing incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU and others According to the CWC the NLC has threatened to hold protests against the lingering ASUU strike within the subsisting 21days ultimatum This is also occasioned by government s failure to honour agreements reached with trade unions in our universities If at the end of the national protest and the 21 days ultimatum the Federal Government fails to resolve the industrial crises in Nigeria s universities the Congress would be left with no other option than to embark on three days nationwide warning strike This is in solidarity with our affiliates in the universities and with Nigerian students whose future and wellbeing are being jeopardised it stated The CWC said the protest was to draw the attention of government to the inherent catastrophe in the emerging culture of social apartheid in the society by prolonged lockout from academics of students from poor homes It also said affiliates of the NLC were to issue public statements condemning the intermittent strikes in Nigeria s universities According to the union this current one which has gone on for about two months is worrisome The CWC also described the current insecurity as totally unacceptable and called on the government to rein in the monstrous cancer before it consumed the entire country It called for the declaration of all out war against terrorists and their sponsors including those who diverted funds meant to fight insurgency It further called on government to focus on the immediate release from captivity of all abducted citizens while also calling on them to nip in the bud current intelligence on threat by terrorists to resort to mass bombings The CWC however called on the governments of Taraba Cross River and Zamfara states to immediately commence payment of the arrears of national minimum wage owed their workers It also called on the Abia government to immediately clear the backlog of pension arrears owed retirees in the state The CWC therefore called on all employers of labour to respect the sanctity of work by ensuring prompt payment of workers salaries and entitlements The CWC also reiterated the readiness of Nigerian workers to use their Permanent Voter Cards to vote only candidates and political parties that subscribed to Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands It further called on major political parties selling forms for political offices to the highest bidder to rescind such decisions immediately The CWC also felicitated with workers on the commemoration of the 2022 International Workers Day with a promise to communicate to workers if there were any changes to the date of celebration of the 2022 May Day www nannew ng NAN
    NLC to embark on 3 days warning strike in solidarity with unions, students 
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    NLC to embark on 3 days warning strike in solidarity with unions, students 

    The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has threatened to embark on a three-day nationwide warning strike, in solidarity with affiliate unions in the universities and Nigerian students.

    The union’s threat is contained in a communique jointly signed by its President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, and its General  Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, and issued to newsmen, on Thursday in Abuja.

    The communiqué was issued at the end of the Congress’ Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting.

    The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the NLC had on April 13, given the Federal Government 21 days within which to set up a High-Powered Panel to resolve the issues that were causing incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others.

    According to the CWC, the NLC has threatened to hold protests against the lingering ASUU strike within the subsisting 21days ultimatum.

    “This is also occasioned by government’s failure to honour agreements reached with trade unions in our universities.

    “If at the end of the national protest and the 21 days ultimatum, the Federal Government fails to resolve the industrial crises in Nigeria’s universities, the Congress would be left with no other option than to embark on three days nationwide warning strike.

    “This is in solidarity with our affiliates in the universities and with Nigerian students, whose future and wellbeing are being jeopardised,’’ it stated.

    The CWC said the protest was to draw the attention of government to the inherent catastrophe in the emerging culture of social apartheid in the society, by prolonged lockout from academics of students from poor homes.

    It also said affiliates of the NLC were to issue public statements condemning the intermittent strikes in Nigeria’s universities.

    According to the union, this current one which has gone on for about two months, is worrisome.

    The CWC also described the current insecurity as totally unacceptable, and called on the government to rein in the monstrous cancer before it consumed the entire country.

    It called for the declaration of all-out war against terrorists and their sponsors, including those who diverted funds meant to fight insurgency.

    It further called on government to focus on the immediate release from captivity, of all abducted citizens, while also calling on them to nip in the bud current intelligence on threat by terrorists to resort to mass bombings.

    The CWC however, called on the governments of Taraba, Cross River and Zamfara states, to immediately commence payment of the arrears of national minimum wage owed their workers.

    It also called on the Abia government to immediately clear the backlog of pension arrears owed retirees in the state.

    The CWC therefore, called on all employers of labour to respect the sanctity of work by ensuring prompt payment of workers’ salaries and entitlements.

    The CWC also, reiterated the readiness of Nigerian workers to use their Permanent Voter Cards to vote only candidates and political parties that subscribed to Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands.

    It further called on major political parties selling forms for political offices to the highest bidder, to rescind such decisions immediately

    The CWC also felicitated with workers on the commemoration of the 2022 International Workers Day, with a promise to communicate to workers if there were any changes to the date of celebration of the 2022 May Day. (www.nannew.ng)

    (NAN)

  •   The National Executive Council NEC of the Nigerian Labor Congress NLC resolved to hold a national protest on February 1 2022 against the Government s plans to remove the fuel subsidy The decision is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja and signed by Mr Ayuba Wabba and the Secretary General Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja after the NEC meeting The NLC said that prior to the national outcry the union would hold protest rallies in all 36 states across the country on January 27 against the removal of the subsidy The statement noted that the removal of the fuel subsidy would expose Nigerian workers and citizens to acute deprivation and worsen the hyper inflammatory trend in the country The NEC therefore resolved to reject and resist the planned increase in the government s pump price of gasoline as it is extremely insensitive to the severe hardships that people and are experiencing In response to their rejection and resistance to a further increase in the price of gasoline organize protest rallies in the 36 states of the Federation on January 27 2022 This would culminate in the presentation of protest letters to the 36 state governors Subsequently a national protest will be held on February 1 2022 in Abuja In the event that the government decides to announce new gasoline prices before the proposed protests the protest will begin instantly and without prior notice in all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory he added The NLC asked the Federal Government to promote local capacity to refine petroleum products for domestic use He advised the government to adopt effective economic policies to stop the trend of hyperinflation in the prices of basic goods and services especially basic products cooking gas and construction materials According to the union inflation alone has put additional pressure on the meager incomes of Nigerian workers and other citizens and made life terribly unbearable for the poor On insecurity the NEC reasoned that it had scared off potential local and foreign investors and triggered unquantifiable social dislocation and crisis including food insecurity widespread hunger and massive misery The NEC advised the government to adopt the recommendations and policy initiatives articulated at the NLC National Summit on Peace and Security The NLC called for the adaptation of a multi stakeholder approach and an innovative non kinetic intervention model to achieve a sustainable solution to the challenges of insecurity He expressed concern about the Nigerian Assembly and Customs Service s plan to introduce excise duties on carbonated beverages manufactured in Nigeria Such plans will only exacerbate the prevailing hyperinflation of essential goods especially food consumables cause a decline in sales job losses in the food subsector and increased hardships for ordinary Nigerians Plans for the privatization of Nigerian railways public sanitary facilities and the concession of Nigeria s main international airports The NEC therefore resolved that the executive arm of government at the federal level and the National Assembly should work together with Organized Labor and manufacturers in the subsector for a win win solution The NEC urges the government and promoters of the privatization and concession plans to learn from the misfortune of the privatization of the energy sector which instead of improving the lives of ordinary Nigerians has increased the level of suffering and hardships they face the masses On electoral reform the NLC asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the 2021 Election Law Amendment Bill He added that a broader and deeper electoral reform was necessary including the establishment of the Electoral Crimes Commission the democratization of the appointment of national leaders of the INEC the adoption of proportional representation and the vote of the diaspora The NEC demanded basic social economic and political rights that fulfill the ideals of citizenship improve the lot of the working class and actualize the dream of nationality He said Congress would call a national retreat for his leadership on participation in partisan politics in the third week of January 2022 in Abuja Source NAN
    Fuel subsidy removal: NLC plans national protest Feb. 1
      The National Executive Council NEC of the Nigerian Labor Congress NLC resolved to hold a national protest on February 1 2022 against the Government s plans to remove the fuel subsidy The decision is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja and signed by Mr Ayuba Wabba and the Secretary General Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja after the NEC meeting The NLC said that prior to the national outcry the union would hold protest rallies in all 36 states across the country on January 27 against the removal of the subsidy The statement noted that the removal of the fuel subsidy would expose Nigerian workers and citizens to acute deprivation and worsen the hyper inflammatory trend in the country The NEC therefore resolved to reject and resist the planned increase in the government s pump price of gasoline as it is extremely insensitive to the severe hardships that people and are experiencing In response to their rejection and resistance to a further increase in the price of gasoline organize protest rallies in the 36 states of the Federation on January 27 2022 This would culminate in the presentation of protest letters to the 36 state governors Subsequently a national protest will be held on February 1 2022 in Abuja In the event that the government decides to announce new gasoline prices before the proposed protests the protest will begin instantly and without prior notice in all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory he added The NLC asked the Federal Government to promote local capacity to refine petroleum products for domestic use He advised the government to adopt effective economic policies to stop the trend of hyperinflation in the prices of basic goods and services especially basic products cooking gas and construction materials According to the union inflation alone has put additional pressure on the meager incomes of Nigerian workers and other citizens and made life terribly unbearable for the poor On insecurity the NEC reasoned that it had scared off potential local and foreign investors and triggered unquantifiable social dislocation and crisis including food insecurity widespread hunger and massive misery The NEC advised the government to adopt the recommendations and policy initiatives articulated at the NLC National Summit on Peace and Security The NLC called for the adaptation of a multi stakeholder approach and an innovative non kinetic intervention model to achieve a sustainable solution to the challenges of insecurity He expressed concern about the Nigerian Assembly and Customs Service s plan to introduce excise duties on carbonated beverages manufactured in Nigeria Such plans will only exacerbate the prevailing hyperinflation of essential goods especially food consumables cause a decline in sales job losses in the food subsector and increased hardships for ordinary Nigerians Plans for the privatization of Nigerian railways public sanitary facilities and the concession of Nigeria s main international airports The NEC therefore resolved that the executive arm of government at the federal level and the National Assembly should work together with Organized Labor and manufacturers in the subsector for a win win solution The NEC urges the government and promoters of the privatization and concession plans to learn from the misfortune of the privatization of the energy sector which instead of improving the lives of ordinary Nigerians has increased the level of suffering and hardships they face the masses On electoral reform the NLC asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the 2021 Election Law Amendment Bill He added that a broader and deeper electoral reform was necessary including the establishment of the Electoral Crimes Commission the democratization of the appointment of national leaders of the INEC the adoption of proportional representation and the vote of the diaspora The NEC demanded basic social economic and political rights that fulfill the ideals of citizenship improve the lot of the working class and actualize the dream of nationality He said Congress would call a national retreat for his leadership on participation in partisan politics in the third week of January 2022 in Abuja Source NAN
    Fuel subsidy removal: NLC plans national protest Feb. 1
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    Fuel subsidy removal: NLC plans national protest Feb. 1

    The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) resolved to hold a national protest on February 1, 2022 against the Government's plans to remove the fuel subsidy.

    The decision is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja and signed by Mr. Ayuba Wabba and the Secretary General, Mr. Emmanuel Ugboaja, after the NEC meeting.

    The NLC said that prior to the national outcry, the union would hold protest rallies in all 36 states across the country on January 27, against the removal of the subsidy.

    The statement noted that the removal of the fuel subsidy would expose Nigerian workers and citizens to acute deprivation and worsen the hyper-inflammatory trend in the country.

    “The NEC, therefore, resolved to reject and resist the planned increase in the government's pump price of gasoline, as it is extremely insensitive to the severe hardships that people and are experiencing.

    In response to their rejection and resistance to a further increase in the price of gasoline, organize protest rallies in the 36 states of the Federation on January 27, 2022.

    “This would culminate in the presentation of protest letters to the 36 state governors. Subsequently, a national protest will be held on February 1, 2022 in Abuja.

    "In the event that the government decides to announce new gasoline prices before the proposed protests, the protest will begin instantly and without prior notice in all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory," he added.

    The NLC asked the Federal Government to promote local capacity to refine petroleum products for domestic use.

    He advised the government to adopt effective economic policies to stop the trend of hyperinflation in the prices of basic goods and services, especially basic products, cooking gas and construction materials.

    According to the union, inflation alone has put additional pressure on the meager incomes of Nigerian workers and other citizens and made life terribly unbearable for the poor.

    On insecurity, the NEC reasoned that it had scared off potential local and foreign investors and triggered unquantifiable social dislocation and crisis, including food insecurity, widespread hunger and massive misery.

    The NEC advised the government to adopt the recommendations and policy initiatives articulated at the NLC National Summit on Peace and Security.

    The NLC called for the adaptation of a multi-stakeholder approach and an innovative non-kinetic intervention model to achieve a sustainable solution to the challenges of insecurity.

    He expressed concern about the Nigerian Assembly and Customs Service's plan to introduce excise duties on carbonated beverages manufactured in Nigeria.

    “Such plans will only exacerbate the prevailing hyperinflation of essential goods, especially food consumables, cause a decline in sales, job losses in the food subsector and increased hardships for ordinary Nigerians.

    ”Plans for the privatization of Nigerian railways, public sanitary facilities and the concession of Nigeria's main international airports.

    ”The NEC, therefore, resolved that the executive arm of government at the federal level and the National Assembly should work together with Organized Labor and manufacturers in the subsector for a win-win solution.

    "The NEC urges the government and promoters of the privatization and concession plans to learn from the misfortune of the privatization of the energy sector which, instead of improving the lives of ordinary Nigerians, has increased the level of suffering and hardships they face. the masses. "

    On electoral reform, the NLC asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the 2021 Election Law Amendment Bill.

    He added that a broader and deeper electoral reform was necessary, including the establishment of the Electoral Crimes Commission, the democratization of the appointment of national leaders of the INEC, the adoption of proportional representation and the vote of the diaspora.

    The NEC demanded basic social, economic and political rights that fulfill the ideals of citizenship, improve the lot of the working class, and actualize the dream of nationality.

    He said Congress would call a national retreat for his leadership on participation in partisan politics in the third week of January 2022, in Abuja.

    Source: NAN