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CAC suspends Industrial Action as Labour Minister intervenes

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige

Following the intervention of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, the ongoing industrial action by the Corporate Affairs Commission has been apprehended for full conciliation. Hence, all the members of staff of the Commission are to report for work tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, by 8 o’clock in the morning.

A statement by the Deputy Director Press in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowookere said the Minister waded into the matter in exercise of powers conferred on him by the Trade Union Dispute Act of the Federation (LFN 2004) in order to ensure that the principles of social dialogue as a panacea to trade disputes is not only fully exhausted, but exploited for the benefits of all parties – employers and employees.

Consequently, a meeting between the union leadership in the Corporate Affairs Commission, the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment shall hold the same tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26, 2017, by 4 p.m at the Conference Hall of the Minister of Labour and Employment.

The Minister implores all the stakeholders and parties to the dispute to attend the meeting so as to ventilate all the issues and reach a lasting solution via a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) as enunciated in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention on Social Dialogue.

In the light of this, the Hon. Minister has directed the leadership of the NLC in the commission to ask their members to return to work tomorrow and open the gates for business to re-commence at the Commission in consonance with the aspect of the law guiding apprehension of trade dispute and conciliation mechanism.

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Samuel Olowookere,
Deputy Director (Press)

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