The Federal Government and labour organisations have held a retreat in Abuja to review obsolete labour laws to conform to international best practices and current realities in the world of work.
The retreat was held under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in conjunction with the social partners, which included the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) ,Trade Union Congress (TUC), and Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA).
According to a communique issued after the retreat, five National Labour Bills were considered at the three-day retreat, and these bills include: Collective Labour Relations Bill, Labour Standards Bill, Labour Institutions Bill, Occupational Safety and Health Bill and the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (Amendment) Act.
In his speech, the NLC President, Wabba said the essence was to review stale labour laws and bring extant labour laws in Nigeria up to speed with international labour standards and global good practices.
Wabba said: “There is no gainsaying the fact that labour laws reviews represent the most critical verve of labour relations in any clime. The fate of millions of workers, their families and businesses depend on the recommendations and proposals we will make during the course of this retreat.