Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has dismissed the seven-day ultimatum given the federal government by the Trade Union Congress-TUC to reverse the new fuel price or face industrial action as invalid.
Answering questions from State House correspondents in Abuja, Ngige described the ultimatum as misplaced because it was wrongly directed.
According to him, the ultimatum was addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, in contravention of labour laws which authorizes labour bodies to address such an ultimatum to the labour minister.
Ngige however disclosed that the Federal Executive Council has approved a new national policy on occupational safety and health, tagged National Policy on Occupational Safety 2020, adding that the policy was a derivative of the provisions of both the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as well as the International Labour Organization’s convention.
Ngige who noted that the last time the policy was reviewed was 14 years ago, added that the new 2020 policy would be reviewed every three years, because the world had gone digital.
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