Labour institute seeks better industrial relations

Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS) has called for improved industrial relations.
Ahead of May Day, it hailed labour and the Bola Tinubu Administration for maintaining relative industrial peace in the wake of challenges.
At Ilorin, the institute organised its pre-May Day brief on labour-government relations under Federal Government’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
Present were management and staff, NLC, TUC, civil society and People Living with Disabilities (PLWD).

Stakeholders agreed organised labour, employers and governments in one year had taken advantage of social dialogue and dispute resolution mechanism to minimise disputes and maintain harmony.Director General, Issa Aremu, noted that while labour-government relations are always characterised by “policy contestation and policy accommodation”, fuel subsidy removal and foreign exchange market reforms that had engendered inflation, currency devaluation, high cost of living have challenged industrial relations more than ever before.

He, however, said adherence to collective bargaining and social dialogue has “minimised work-stoppages, strikes and lockouts,” adding government and unions should deepen engagement.

Aremu singled out the October 2 15-point MOU after removal of fuel subsidy “as a framework for managing industrial relations in crisis”.
He said the agreement benefits all parties, citing award of N35,000 pending a minimum wage, suspension of VAT on diesel for six months, N100 billion for CNG buses, as well as an inclusive 37-member wage committee.

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