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Strike: FG, TUC agree two weeks deadline for resolution of impasse

The labour dispute is set to be resolved within two weeks, as agreed by the Federal Government and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, disclosed this information to journalists after a meeting with the TUC at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

The TUC President, Festus Osifo, represented the Congress leadership at the meeting, while the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chose to boycott.

This meeting took place shortly after the NLC initiated a two-day warning strike to protest against the negative impact of the removal of fuel subsidies and other government policy initiatives.

Minister Lalong stated that the TUC has agreed to grant the federal government a two-week grace period to address the demands of organized labour regarding palliative measures to alleviate the effects of the fuel subsidy removal on the Nigerian population.

Following the removal of fuel subsidies in the country, the Federal Government approved the release of N5 billion to each of the 36 states last month to purchase food and other necessities for vulnerable Nigerians.

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