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FG, Labour unions consultation continues

30 August 2012, 11:04

Abuja - The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, said on Wednesday that consultation was ongoing between the Federal Government and labour unions for an amicable resolution.

Wogu disclosed this in Abuja when he was addressed journalists after a closed door meeting with union executives.

The meeting aims at resolving the trade dispute involving the National Union of Electricity Employees over retirement benefits and severance allowances to members

According to him, both parties are shifting ground and it will be  premature to leak any information to the media until final conclusion.

He said that the Federal Government and the union were making progress and gave assurance that the matter would be  peacefully resolved.

Earlier, Mr Peter Esele, the President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), who spoke on behalf of the union, explained that both parties were shifting grounds but had not really reached any agreement.

He said that members of the union were not present at the meeting; hence the need for them to be consulted before the union could take any decision that would affect them.

Esele explained that until labour had made the necessary consultation, he would not comment on issues discussed at the meeting.

NAN reports that both the Federal Government delegates and the labour union had met on Tuesday over the dispute  but the meeting was also inconclusive.

Present at the meeting were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and Mr Darius Ishyaku,the  Minister of state for Power.

Others included Ms Bolanle Onagoruwa, Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and Mr Muhammad Ahmed, Director-General of the National Pension’s Commission.

NAN also reports that the workers are also demanding for 25 per cent as stipulated in the Pension Act.


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