Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, has said that his ministry has settled about 96 trade disputes in Nigeria from May 2011 to date.
The minister, who spoke during the 2012 ministerial press briefing, said there were about 113 trade disputes, with 96, representing 85 percent, successfully resolved while 17, representing 15 percent, still pending at various stages of mediation and conciliation.
On the other achievements of the ministry, Wogu said the ministry also settled disputes between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on the delays in the implementation of the new national minimum wage.
The minister said that disputes with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) were also successfully resolved, while negotiation are ongoing with NUPENG and PENGASSAN as well as with PHCN over disagreements on some issues.
According to the minister, about 53 cases were referred to the Industrial Arbitration Panel, where 43 cases have been concluded, three awaiting award and seven pending.
He lists other achievements of his ministry: “The ministry has provided guidelines on labour administration issues in contract staffing/outsourcing in the oil and gas sector in 2011.
“2,599 persons were trained at Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINILS), while a diploma programme in industrial relations was introduced.
“The National Action Plan on Employment Creation (NAPEC) was approved by Federal Executive Council (FEC) as a National working document to be incorporated into the National development plan.”