Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige says his ministry’s conciliatory role in addressing the issues that led to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is voluntary.
He said the government was considering turning the industry arbitration panel into a commission where irreconcilable issues could be transferred.
He was answering questions from journalists in Abuja yesterday during the Joint Workshop on International Labor Standards and Dispute Settlement, organized by the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) in collaboration with the International Labor Organization (ILO) .
He noted that the case had been transferred to the Ministry of Education.
“If a party wants us to forward a case to them for a look, you help them. This is what you call voluntary conciliation. It is voluntary because if I apprehend and bring all parties to the negotiating table and one party asks me to take the matter to NICN, I will,” he said.