The government and organized labor have been asked to take into account how their decisions may affect the economy and businesses by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA).
This request was made by NECA Director-General Mr. Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde during a Wednesday interview in Abuja with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
As the second day of the ongoing strike by members of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) approached, Oyerinde was responding.
Recall that on November 13, organized labor issued a directive to all affiliated unions to begin an ongoing nationwide strike.
non particular, the “inaction of the Federal Government over brutalisation of NLC President, Joe Ajaero, by security agents and hoodlums in Imo state” was the primary demand that prompted the call for the strike.
Recall that on November 1st, the NLC called for a protest in Imo, spearheaded by Ajaero, over purportedly anti-worker policies implemented by the state government.
Oyerinde claims that the NECA vehemently denounces the NLC president’s harassment and brutalization.
We also believe that there is never a situation where the entire country’s economy can be shut down.
This is due to the fact that two wrongs do not equal a right. Has the government shown sufficient consistency and good faith? We don’t believe that.
Will the NLC and TUC’s ongoing strikes resolve the issue? We don’t believe so because the economy is now struggling.
He claimed that it was difficult for organized businesses to survive.
The director general stated that the government and labor should also take into account a few basic problems.
The private sector, in his opinion, is neither the protagonist nor the adversary.
We will not tolerate labor unions, the government, or any other group acting as undertakers for organized business by their acts or inactions.
This is due to the fact that thousands of workers are returned to the streets when numerous firms close every other time.
“We will never be able to accept this again.”
He called on the labor and government to return to the negotiating table and take the necessary action.
According to Oyerine, a different negotiation model might be used if the one that is now in use is ineffective.
According to him, the government and organized labor need to implement a different method of resolving disputes.