ILO supports the 2021 Session of the Nigerian National Labour Advisory Council Meeting

The National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) in Nigeria meets to discuss ratification of international labour standards, and other labour related matters to promote decent work in the country.

Press release | 24 March 2021
IMO, Nigeria (ILO News): The Nigerian NLAC, established in 1955 is the highest tripartite body on labour matters with the responsibility of promoting and ensuring best practice of labour administration in line with international standards as well as recommend to the parliament on the ratification of international labour standards, convened over a two day session from 23-24 March to discuss labour matters and legislation concerning Nigeria.

The ILO Country Office Abuja, officer in Charge- Mr David Dorkenoo in his address noted that Nigeria is one of the very few countries in Africa where all the tripartite partners are elected members of the Governing Body (GB) of the ILO.  He noted the importance of the NLAC and its role in strengthening social dialogue and tripartism in Nigeria. The address concluded with assurances of ILO’s continued commitment to working with the tripartite partners to maintain an active NLAC, promote decent work and meet the aspirations of Nigerians. The “role of NLAC in ensuring a peaceful industrial relations environment in Nigeria cannot be over emphasised, frequent meetings of the NLAC will strengthen social dialogue and tripartism in Nigeria” he said.
During the 2021 NLAC session, the council members including ILO tripartite partners- Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress, Nigeria (TUC) as well Ministries, Departments and Agencies with mandates relevant to the world of work and State Government representatives discussed the various labour matters including the ratification of ILO labour conventions.

The NLAC sessions covered discussions on four International Labour Conventions:
1.    Convention No. 143 – Migrant Workers (Supplementary Provisions) Convention, 1975 (No. 143);
2.    Convention No. 181 – Private Employment Agencies Convention, 1997 (No. 181);
3.    Convention No. 187 – Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187);
4.    Convention No. 190 – Violence and Harassment Convention 2019 (No. 190).

Some of the resolutions and recommendations from the NLAC 2021 sessions are that:
i.    Government should demonstrate political will to honour and implement Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) in order to sustain tripartism and social dialogue.
ii.    Mechanisms for Collective Bargaining in both public and private sectors should be strengthened.
iii.    Labour inspection and social protection should be extended to all sectors of the economy to curb unfair labour practices.
iv.    Government should promote full and decent employment in all sectors of the nation's economy.
v.    All four conventions discussed at the 2021 NLAC sessions are to be ratified, and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment should forward to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Memoranda for the ratification of the conventions.
vi.    Sequel to Nigeria's ratification of any ILO convention, Government should set up a Technical Committee to look into critical issues relevant to its domestication.
vii.    Non-functional sectoral Employers' Association should be revived to promote social dialogue and tripartism.
viii.    Composition of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC), Trade Union side be reviewed to accommodate other Trade Unions that are currently excluded.
ix.    The regularity of NLAC meetings should be ensured in conformity with Convention No. 144 as a veritable platform towards promoting industrial peace and harmony as well as ensuring healthy Labour Administration in Nigeria.
x.    The reconstitution of the three (3) Sub-Committees of National Labour Advisory Council with their respective Terms of Reference was endorsed.

The ILO is currently supporting the development of the first National Industrial Relations Policy and the Decent Work Country Programme III for the country.