FG warns NLC against nationwide protests

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The federal government has warned the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to shelve its planned nationwide protest billed to hold on February 27 and February 28.

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The warning is contained in a letter written by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, to the Nigerian Labour Congress counsel, Mr. Femi Falana.

The later is dated Friday 23rd February, 2024.

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He noted that “Government has substantially and reasonably complied with the items in the MOU and it is only appropriate and equitable for organised labour to engage more with government to ensure the full implementation of same, especially in the areas that have been inhibited by unforeseen challenges.”

According to him, the planned industrial action could amount to contempt in view of a restraining order of a National Industrial Court.

He added that “the restraining order has neither been stayed nor set aside, therefore remains binding.”

AGF explained that the planned protest was premised on or connected with alleged non- implementation of the 16-point agreement reached with the Federal Government on October 02, 2023.

He added that it was targeted at promoting issues connected with hike in fuel price and consequential matters of palliatives, workers welfare, and associated government policies.

According to the letter, the minister requested the counsel to implore and enjoin his clients to “refrain from self-help by shelving the proposed protests which is antithetical to the mediatory engagements leading to the execution of the MOU, tantamount to undermining subsisting restraining court order, and occasioning disruption of public service, order and safety.”

 

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