The Nigeria Labour Congress' planned two-day warning strike, which was set to start on Tuesday, has been urged to be postponed by the Federal Government.
Simon Lalong, the minister of labour and employment, made the statement on Monday in Abuja.
He cited several factors, including the reversal of FG's prior gains, as the basis for the appeal while pledging to address the competing concerns highlighted by the NLC comprehensively if given some time to get used to his new position.
Lalong said, “It has become pertinent to appeal to the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to suspend its intended two-day warning strike, as such action would be detrimental to the gains already being recorded on our course to securing a greater future for Nigerian workers and citizens at large.
“Furthermore, I would request that the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress gives this government some time to settle and address the issues on the ground holistically.
“It should be realised that the cabinet of this administration was only recently sworn in by Mr. President and all cabinet members have hit the ground running by receiving briefings from their MDAs.
“Therefore, the issues raised by the leadership of the NLC are some issues that I and the Hon. Minister of State for Labour and Employment are being briefed upon. In the next few weeks, we intend to address them holistically.
“Consequently, I use this opportunity to reassure Nigerian workers that this government would never take them for granted nor fail to appreciate their support and understanding.