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Labour Union Threatens to Embark on Strike Over Minimum wage

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NLC Threatens Industrial Action
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on an indefinite nationwide industrial action over reluctance of the federal government to implement the new minimum wage act. The union had earlier given the federal government a 14-day ultimatum which will elapse on September 26.

The union boss, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said this while addressing journalists at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the congress on Wednesday in Abuja.

The union president said the industrial action would become necessary if the demands of the organised labour on the new national minimum wage for workers was not met. In his words, “NEC has resolved that at the expiration of the 14 days industrial action notice issued to the federal government over the new minimum wage issue and if the demand of the organised labour was not met, we will embark on strike.”

Comrade Wabba went on to say that, ”NEC in session has expressed disappointment at the manner in which the tripartite committee unilaterally adjourned the meeting.” and insisted that the tripartite committee concludes it's work within the stipulated period.

The congress president, Comrade Wabba, said the action of the committee ”is against the principle of collective bargaining as provided in International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions 98 and 131 on Minimum Wage setting process, which Nigeria had domesticated.” The union boss further made known to the public that, "NEC has given the National Administrative Council and the leadership of organised labour the power to declare an appropriate industrial action or any action it deems necessary.”

“NEC resolves that all its affiliates unions and the 36 state councils of Congress and the FCT and joint action front communicate the decision of NEC to their members and all workers.” The congress boss, Comrade Wabba further cautioned the federal government against foot-dragging on the new minimum wage.

You will recall that, over the years, the pump price of petrol have been increased severally by government without any corresponding increase in salary. Prices of goods and commodities have tripled over the years while salaries of workers remained the same. The average Nigerian worker is finding it difficult to get by with the current minimum wage as a result of increased cost of living.

Therefore, the organized labour is calling on the federal government to be sensitive to the plight of the Nigerian worker.

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