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The National Labour Commission established under the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) is an independent state funded labour dispute settlement mechanism.

Its functions are primarily to pre-empt disputes, facilitate the resolution of disputes, or adjudicate the settlement of disputes arising out of labour or employment relations. The NLC also investigates labour complaints. Workers, employers including the state can solicit the help of in the resolution of any employment related disagreements.


The NLC relies heavily on alternative dispute resolution methods including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

The NLC has the powers of a High Court and can subpoena any person to appear before it in any matter. Its decisions may be appealed at the A….

Disputants seeking relief from the NLC either write a petition to the Chairperson of the NLC or complete a complaint form provided as a schedule to L.I 1822 which in practice is received by the NLC secretariat for processing………

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