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Warning strikes are unacceptable threats – Ngige

Chris Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chief Chris Ngige, on Wednesday warned labour unions in the country that the Federal Government would no longer tolerate warning strikes.

He said as far as the government was concerned, warning strikes were threats that were unacceptable.

Ngige spoke with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.

While saying there is nothing workers cannot get by negotiation, the minister urged them to embrace social dialogue and collective bargaining agreements while making their demands.

He said, “We also have warnings from doctors’ union and ASUU as well as NASU. We are discussing with them but we want to appeal to all of them that there is nothing like warning strike.

“There is nothing you cannot get by negotiation and you cannot get certain things by threats. Warning strikes as far as government is concerned are threats. I have made it clear to them.

“Government and labour laws make provision for social dialogue and collective bargaining agreements. It also makes provision for the review of the agreements.

“Nigerian unions should imbibe the culture of social dialogue.”

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