Vanguard (Lagos)

20 December 2012

Nigeria: Plateau Govt, Labour to Dialogue Over Strike

Jos — The Plateau State Government said it is ready to dialogue with labour to end the current strike in the state and has offered to pay striking local government workers three months salaries out of the seven months they have been on strike.

Director of Research and Documentation, Government House, Jos Mr. Chris Kwaja, who briefed journalists said government was desirous of an amicable solution to the dispute in a manner that there would be neither winner nor loser.

He said although government's position on the strike was guided by the law, it was nonetheless ready for continued dialogue with the workers to demonstrate the administration's commitment to their welfare.

He said government was concerned about the violent dimension the action by workers was taking, noting that it was being hijacked by hoodlums and urged local government workers to return to work and participate in the biometric verification exercise meant to ascertain the actual workforce of the local governments.

Kwaja appealed to the National Working Committee of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to reconsider the planned nationwide strike in solidarity with the striking workers in the state

The NLC has threatened to mobilise workers across the country to join the strike in solidarity with the workers in Plateau State, if the state government failed to resolve the dispute.

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