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Today’s meeting between the Federal Government and Labour, intended to review the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at preventing the planned October 3 strike, is under threat.

All Nigeria Latest News reports NLC President Joe Ajaero stated that if Labour Minister Simon Lalong attends the venue, his team would boycott the meeting, which was initiated by the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President.

The NLC has also reiterated its intention to proceed with the planned strike in Imo State on Wednesday, citing unpaid wages and alleged anti-labour practices. Despite an extended interim injunction from the National Industrial Court in Owerri, which restrains Labour from embarking on the strike, the NLC remains committed to its course.

Justice Nelson, the Presiding/Admin Judge of the Division, adjourned the case until Friday for either a hearing or a report of settlement. Ajaero explained that today’s meeting would assess the progress made by the Federal Government. Last week, the NLC accused Lalong of trying to undermine the agreement reached with the Federal Government, particularly concerning the crisis within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW). The NLC alleged that the minister was aligning with a faction of the NURTW leadership.

Ajaero said: “Hopefully we may meet tomorrow (today) with the Federal Government all things being equal on their report and template, whether all those issues have been met in the last 30 days.

“If that meeting holds, the minister of Labour will not be present in any meetings with us.

“Any meeting the Federal Government calls today with the Minister of Labour and Employment, that meeting will not hold.

“You have noticed of late that meetings are no longer called by the Minister of Labour because he is not in control. 

“Therefore, to depend on him for resolutions on issues about Labour is to waste our time.

“For tomorrow’s (today’s) meeting, the invitation we got was from the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President (Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila) and that is where previous meetings have been held.

“The Minister of Labour has no place in the current industrial relations.”

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