Minimum wage: NLC, TUC insist on November 6 nationwide strike

Workers protesting over alleged recalcitrance of government and employers to pay adequate minimum wage, at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday (30/10/18). 05391/30/10/2018/Deborah Bada/BJO/NAN
File photo of the NLC

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) on Friday said there was no going back on the November 6 proposed strike over non-implementation of N30,000 minimum wage.

The unions confirmed this after a meeting of their joint central working committee in Lagos.

The Nigeria Governors Forum on October 30 announced that states would only pay N22,500 minimum wage.

The unions in reaction called for the implementation of the tripartite committee report concluded on October 5 or it would go on a nationwide strike.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, who read the communique of the meeting advised affiliate members of the three centres to commence preparation to ensure the strike was effective.

According to Mr Wabba, the members should be steadfast and dedicated to achieve their objective as workers would never receive improved welfare except through struggle.

He also said the ‘no work no pay’ rule by the government was wrong as it negates the labour law and international convention to which Nigeria was a signatory.

He urged private employers to cooperate with labour for the strike to be successful.

Joe Ajaero, ULC President, reiterated that labour would not hesitate to stop the strike if the government fulfilled its N30,000 minimum wage demand.

Mr Ajaero said labour would continue to meet and negotiate with the government until midnight of the expiration of the strike.

He however said the labour body had not received any court injunction to stop the strike contrary to any report.

”We are not aware of any court injunction. We will not discuss it because it is speculative. We advise that the minimum wage committee be allowed to submit its report,” Mr Ajaero said

Also, TUC’s president, Bobboi Kaigama, in a remark said the door of the labour unions remained open for discussion and advised that the report reached by the committee be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.


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