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  • Updated: February 23, 2024

FG reveals agreements reached with organised labour

FG reveals agreements reached with organised labour

The Federal Government has demonstrated significant progress on the agreements signed with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, announced this in a statement issued Thursday in Abuja, the country's capital.

Recall that on February 8, the NLC and TUC issued a 14-day ultimatum to the federal government over the country's rising cost of living and inability to honour the 16-point accord agreed on October 2, 2023.

The unions stated the deal focused on paying workers a N35,000 salary award for six months, establishing a Committee on Minimum Salary Review, and providing buses powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), among other things.

However, the minister stated that the federal government has already paid the N35,000 pay award for four months, with the remaining two months being processed.

Onyejeocha stated that the minimum wage review committee has been established and that negotiations have begun, as well as that the government has begun discussions with relevant stakeholders about various tax incentives.

She stated that the administration is committed to social dialogue with organised labour and other stakeholders to achieve industrial peace and harmony while prioritising worker welfare.

She said: “Government has reviewed the commitments made with the Organized Labour in the agreement entered with Labour and wishes to state that very substantial progress has been made in the following areas.

“With respect to the suspension of the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) on Diesel for Six Months beginning from October 2023, this was effected immediately. It is on record that no one has been subjected to this form of taxation since October 2023.

“On the provision of CNG Buses and Conversion Kits, the government has so far made substantial financial commitments in this area. These buses will be rolled out very soon to alleviate the transportation challenges being faced by Nigerians.

“On the issue of various tax incentives as contained in the agreement, the government has commenced a series of engagements with relevant stakeholders while all necessary machinery is being put in place for effective implementation.

“On the leadership crises rocking NURTW and RTEAN, the government waded into the matter, and the issue has been amicably resolved. The Lagos State Government was mandated to address the matter, and as we speak, the Executive Body of the Union has been inaugurated, and all contending issues are resolved.

“With respect to the outstanding salaries and wages of tertiary education workers in all the federally-owned educational institutions, the government has paid in full the four months outstanding salaries to ASUU as approved by Mr President. Action is ongoing with respect to other Unions as well.

"So far, 3,140,819 households, including vulnerable pensioners, have benefitted from the N25,000 monthly conditional cash transfer amounting to N68.3 Billion before the temporary suspension of the programme.

“With respect to the issue of subsidised distribution of fertilisers to farmers across the country, the government has made tremendous progress in this regard to ensure effective distribution to farmers to boost agricultural production.”

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