Reps to intervene in labour strike

The House of Representatives has resolved to interface with the Senate toward finding a lasting solution to the ongoing strike by organised labour.

The resolution was reached during plenary in Abuja on Wednesday following the adoption of a motion of urgent national importance by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Rep. Benjamin Kalu.

Moving the motion, Mr Kalu made reference to the content of the recently launched legislative agenda of the 10th House, urging the house to engage with the Senate and the organised labour to find a lasting solution to the problem.

He also urged the NLC to have faith in the parliament and agree to a dialogue.

“I pray that the National Labour Congress, NLC and all the unions in Nigeria that they should trust us once again. We will use diplomacy where necessary to engage as usual.

“They should trust us again to come together to find lasting solutions for their pain.

“We can dialogue, I pray for the House leadership and that of the Senate to sit with this aggrieved NLC as soon as possible to enable us to find lasting solutions to their need,” he said.

Lawmakers took turns to contribute to the debate, saying that the strike had resulted in untold hardship for Nigerians and appealed to the organised labour to call it off.

In his ruling, the Speaker, Rep. Abbas Tajudeen, said that the leadership of the House would meet with the Senate on the issue.

Mr Tajudeen said the action was to ensure that urgent steps were taken to end the strike.