NLC insists on strike despite meeting with Government
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared a total strike following the outcome of a meeting with the Nigerian Government delegation led by labour minister Chris Ngige.
NLC president Ayuba Wabba, at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, said both parties could not reach an agreement at the meeting.
He called on NLC members across the country to ensure full compliance with the industrial action, starting by midnight on Wednesday.
The leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other stakeholders of the organised labour were also in attendance in the meeting.
Labour’s decision to strike was due to the delay of the government to implement the new minimum wage for workers.
The Guardian had reported that NLC and the TUC and the United Labour Congress (ULC) held a warning strike, protesting the suspension of minimum wage negotiations.
Labour had on September 12 issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government to recall the minimum wage committee to fix a new workers’ wage and conclude negotiations or face industrial action.
“This is to inform you that the organised labour shall commence nationwide warning strike in respect of the non-implementation of the national minimum wage, effective midnight of Wednesday, September 26, 2018,” said a statement by NLC general secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Esan.
However, it was gathered that the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment might summon a meeting of the government’s team tomorrow morning.
An enlarged meeting that would include labour movement and their allies might also hold the same day at the ministry.
TUC Secretary General, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, called on state councils to form joint strike implementation committees, comprising the TUC, NLC and other stakeholders to ensure effectiveness.
“A strike is hereby declared to commence from the early hours of Thursday, September 27, 2018,” he said.
NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, recently expressed displeasure over comments allegedly made by Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige.
The minister had reportedly told the committee to adjourn indefinitely to give room for further consultations with the government on the new wage.
The Federal Government had also assured labour that the tripartite committee on the national minimum wage would conclude its negotiation before the expiration of the ultimatum.
Ngige described the ultimatum as “a subtle blackmail” to stampede the tripartite committee.
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