By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja
The Federal Authorities has arrange a 10- member bi-partite committee to resolve the labour dispute between the Nigeria Labour Congress and Kaduna State Authorities.
Commissioner for Native Authorities Affairs, Jafaru Sani, who led the delegation collectively with the State Head of Service, Bariatu Mohammed and management of NLC led by its President, Ayuba Wabba, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
They promised to settle their dispute and embrace peaceable correlation, by desisting from any additional industrial motion or victimisation of staff.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who addressed reporters on the finish of the assembly, stated the committee, with representatives from the State Authorities and the NLC, will critically have a look at the problems underneath rivalry and resolve them primarily based on provisions of Part 20 of the Labour Act.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai was absent throughout the assembly.
The NLC had commenced a five- day warning strike and protest within the state over the sack of staff on Grade stage 14, obligatory retirement of staff who’ve attained the age of fifty years regardless of their Grade Ranges, discount of Native Authorities workers energy to 50 within the 23 Native Authorities Areas (LGAs), and the casualisation of staff on Grade Stage 1-6.
The MoU reads partially: “The assembly agreed that each one the listed points fall inside the ambit of redundancy due to this fact, it was resolved that the precept of redundancy as said in part 20 of Labour Act, Cap L 1 Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) ought to apply.
“The assembly additionally recognised that the present deadlock was attributable to communication hole between the State Authorities and NLC occasioned by each the native chapter and even the Kaduna State Authorities Officers.
“In view of the foregoing, the assembly resolved: To represent a ten (10) man Bi-partite Committee comprising six (6) representatives of State Authorities and three (3) officers of the NLC to interact additional with the target of reverting with a piece plan on the right way to combine the availability of part 20 of the Labour Act CAP L1 LFN 2004 to resolve the deadlock between the State Authorities and the NLC.
“The assembly additionally resolved that the Committee ought to have as Chairman, the Head of Service of the Kaduna State Authorities and assisted by a Deputy Nationwide President of the NLC. The Committee is anticipated to revert with the work plan for peaceable decision of all points in rivalry to the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment by Tuesday twenty fifth Could, 2021.
“The work plan is to itemise the construction and sub-structure within the State and Native Authorities of their actions, time of graduation and envisaged closing tenure of the Committee or make suggestions if in its knowledge it thinks the Committee must be a Everlasting Standing Committee.
“It was agreed that there shall be no additional industrial motion on these points and no employee shall be victimized on account of his or her participation within the industrial motion.”
Of their opening statements earlier than the assembly went into closed-door part, Ngige stated Kaduna and another state should dialogue with the Organised Labour as enshrined within the Worldwide Labour Organisation Conventions, to which Nigeria is a signatory.
He stated although labour has a proper to go on strike in response to the provisions of the regulation, it shouldn’t impede the availability of important providers.