17 November 202 By James Itodo
The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, has called on the Federal Government to show commitment on implementation of previous agreements reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, so as to end the lingering strike action.
National President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba made the call at the National Assembly while fielding questions from newsmen on the strike action that had lingered for about nine months now and position of NLC on six bills being considered for reforms of the Aviation sector.
Accordimg to Wabba it is wrong to tell the lecturers to call off their strike action without Government showing sincerity on implementation of some of the agreements reached with them years back.
He said the issue of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System ( IPPIS) , is not the only one on the table to be resolved by both parties but other outstanding unimplemented agreements.
“The process of dialogue is ongoing. We have tried to give our own side of how the issue could be resolved which includes giving inputs and writing of letters and we would continue to do that.
“The sooner it is resolved, the better for all of us because an idle mind certainly is a devil’s workshop. Clearly speaking, I think it should be a priority for the issues to be resolved so that we could get our children and wards back to school”
On the Aviation bills, the NLC President said labour is against categorisation of Aviation as part of essential services and some other proposed provisions in the bill.
His words : ” We are here to shed more light on our position on the six bills before the Senate Committee on Aviation.
“The first item is about the provision in the law which tries to designate the aviation sector as an essential service. By our labour laws, which Nigeria is a signatory to, guarantees workers rights and core values.
“The sector cannot be designated as essential service because sectors that are designated as essential services are listed in the Nigerian labour law and the aviation sector was not part of it.
“All provisions relating to the issue of essential service into the six bills being considered for the review especially section 29 of the Civil Aviation Act should be expunged