PHCN crisis: Govt, labour talks end in deadlock

Joseph Erunke

30 August 2012, Sweetcrude, ABUJA—THE meeting between the Nigerian government and the labour to find solution to the lingering labour crisis in the power sector, Wednesday, ended in deadlock.

After about four hours of the meeting, representatives of the government and labour stormed out, saying they would continue to meet as according to them, the issues involved had not been fully laid to rest.

President of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, Peter Esele, who spoke with newsmen after the meeting, said the meeting remained inconclusive, saying labour would make consultations with relevant stakeholders to know whether to continue talks with government.

However, Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Wogu, said there was progress and assured that the dispute would soon be resolved.

He said another meeting had been scheduled for today. Esele said his consultation with stakeholders would determine whether or not to attend the meeting.

It will be recalled that Tuesday’s meeting also ended in deadlock.

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