Federal government says its discussions with the different groups under the labour movement is not to encourage factionalism but to find a holistic solution to issues affecting workers in the country.

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige said this while reacting to strike action embarked upon by a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.

He  said the government’s separate negotiations with both leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba and Joe Ajaero, was not to encourage factionalisation.

“We’re ready to discuss with anybody, even civil society groups. We, as a government, will not encourage factionalism, if for anything, we’re unifying them by bringing them together to talk about issues that concern their unions and Nigerians. We’ve the right to talk to whoever we want. We’ll open our doors to them for negotiations when they come back,” Ngige said.