FG appeals to construction workers to shelve planned strike

The Federal Government has appealed to construction workers to shelve their plan to embark on a nationwide warning strike.

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha made the appeal on Wednesday in Abuja, during a meeting called to resolve dispute between the workers and their employers.

However, the workers did not attend the conciliation meeting to which they were invited.

Credible News reports that the workers are under the aegis of National Union of Civil Engineering Construction, Furniture and Wood Workers and Construction and Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association, CCESSA.

Recall that the construction unions, last week, threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if their demands were not met.

The workers had accused their employers, CCEEAN of refusal to implement wage award for workers in the construction industry.

It would be recalled that the N35,000 wage award was an agreement reached between the Federal Government and the organised labour to cushion the effects of subsidy removal.

Onyejeocha urged the workers to shelve the planned warning strike and allow the resolution of the dispute through dialogue.

“It is regrettable that the workers did not attend the conciliation meeting to which they were invited.

“Rejecting government’s intervention calling for dialogue is not the right approach to the ongoing dispute”, she said.

The minister added that while  government is working to fulfil promises made to the people, it expects support from all Nigerians, especially on maintaining industrial peace and harmony.

She further urged the employers to continue to engage with the workers, as government would keep prevailing on them to listen to reason and not proceed on strike.

Earlier, the President of the CCESSA, Chief Vincent Barrah, noted that the welfare of the workers has always been top priority to the association.

He stated that the association had been doing wage review every two years and had not been stop in providing welfare based on prevailing circumstances.

Barrah noted that the association had also done upward review of transport fare to cushion the effect of the recent economic downturn in the country.

He said they had explained to their workers that the wage award was meant for Federal Government workers.

“The workers had refused to cooperate in resolving the current issues through internal mechanisms”, he said.

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