We Shall Embark On A Nationwide Strike From November 6 If FG Fails To implement Proposed ₦30k Minimum Wage – NLC
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has formally served the Federal Government a notice of plans by its members to embark on an indefinite strike from November 6 if the N30,000 new national minimum wage being proposed is not adopted.
The Labour unions stated this after its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja , on Wednesday, said that the Federal government must adopt the new minimum wage and that workers would no longer be intimidated by any threat of “no work, no pay” policy by the Federal government. Minister of Employment, Chris Ngige had recently stated that the Federal government had proposed N24, 000 minimum wage which the unions have rejected.
The labour unions accused the Minister of Labour and Employment of putting up an anti-labour and anti-workers propaganda. With reference to the recent policy of no work and no pay enacted by the Federal government, the NLC said the Federal government is gradually drawing Nigerians back to the Abacha days when workers were denied their rights to protest any inhumane action.
The communique signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba and General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, argued that fixing of tenure for workers holding union executive positions is in contravention of the provisions of ILO Convention 87; and the prohibition or exclusion of non-card carrying members of trade unions from leading or being part of negotiation delegations of trade unions were reminiscent of the Abacha military era.
The labour leaders said as part of efforts to address these ”anormalies” they would organise a national day of mobilisation and sensitisation rallies for workers to show their outrage in the 36 states of the federation and FCT on Tuesday November 6.
The day, according to NLC NEC, will also be used to educate and sensitise Nigerians on the plight of workers and pensioners, the insensitivity and duplicity of government on labour issues, and to protest the proposed obnoxious policies of government against organised labour.