Strike: FG turns to TUC, begs for more patience 

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Bako Lalong, Tuesday met with the leadership of Trade Union Congress (TUC) with an appeal that the Congress should be more patient with the government on its demands.

Lalong, in company of the Minister of State, Nkeiruka Onyeajeocha, told TUC that after their last meeting, he met with the President to highlight some of the issues raised by the labour union. 

He appealed to TUC to exercise more patience, explaining that before the President left for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, he was fully briefed and gave further directives on implementation of issues put before him, particularly when he personally met with the labour leaders. 

Before the meeting went into a closed door session, the minister thanked TUC for accepting to come for the briefing, which showed committed to the Nigerian project and are open to dialogue for greater industrial harmony. 

On his part, TUC President, Comrade Osifo said the Congress appreciates the efforts of the minister but there has to be more action than promises because workers are getting more inpatient due to hardship occasioned by the removal of subsidy. 

He said the workers are facing enormous pressures that are making life very difficult, which makes the leadership of TUC to have sleepless nights. 

After the meeting, TUC said it held fruitful discussions and hoped that the government would live up to its promises and responsibility for ensuring the welfare of workers and Nigerians in general.