House of Reps Commends Suspension of Industrial Action by Labour Union

….Announcement follows earlier suspension of plenary by the House to intervene in the impasse

The House of Representatives welcomes the decision by Organised Labour to suspend its industrial action which had been in force across the country in the last two days.

In a statement jointly signed by Hon. Adegboyega Adefarati, Chairman, House Committee on Labour, Employment & Productivity, and Hon. Akin Rotimi Jr.
Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs said Green Chamber also commended the Office of the National Security Adviser for its efforts in ensuring that the industrial action is suspended for the benefit of all Nigerians.

Concerned about the industrial action which paralysed economic activities in most parts of the country, the House early Wednesday resolved to intervene in the impasse by engaging relevant parties towards an amicable resolution.

This resolution of the House during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Honourable Abbas Tajudeen PhD, followed its adoption of a motion by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Honourable Benjamin Kalu, on the need to intervene in the face-off between Organised Labour and the Federal Government.

The motion was followed by an extensive debate and contributions among Honourable members. The House thereafter voted to cut short legislative business for Wednesday, and mandated the leadership of the House to liaise with their counterparts in the Senate with a view to jointly intervening in the impasse in the shortest possible time.

Members had noted that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and their affiliate unions commenced a nationwide industrial action on Tuesday, November 14, to protest their grievances over a recent assault on the NLC President amongst other issues.

The People’s Parliament equally noted the attendant effect of a nationwide strike, at a time like this, on the livelihood of hardworking citizens, the economy, and even the lives of those in public health facilities.

In line with its Legislative Agenda, the Rt. Honourable Abbas Tajudeen-led ‘People’s House’ is positioned to intervene in national challenges and ensure the welfare of citizens are protected at all times.

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