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Labour Set for Another..........Nationwide strike over new minimum wage begins on September 27

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The organised labour has resolved to start with the commencement of a seven-day warning strike midnight on Thursday, September 27 - All the workers across the country have been directed to stay away from office from Thursday morning, September 27.

Recall that the labour leaders had on September 12 cautioned the federal government against foot-dragging on the new minimum wage 

The Trade Union Congress on Tuesday insisted organised labour would commence strike from early hours of Thursday, September 27, following the federal government’s failure to honour its ultimatum on the new minimum wage. 

A statement signed by the secretary-general of the union, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, in Abuja stated that the decision to embark on strike was sequel to the resolve of the Central Working Committee of TUC on September 24. Ozigi said that following the mandate of the CWC, TUC leadership would take all necessary action to effect the ultimatum on the new minimum wage in collaboration with other stakeholders. 

“Strike is hereby declared to commence from early hours of Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018,” the secretary-general said. He noted that as a result of the TUC’s decision to embark on strike, mobilisation of members would commence immediately. According to him, all workers, Civil Society Organisations and the masses are hereby put on notice to stockpile their houses for all necessary provisions and food items. 

Ozigi, however, called on state councils to form joint state strike implementation committee that would comprise the TUC, NLC and other stakeholders in the state to ensure effectiveness. He called on union members to be alert for further directive on or before Thursday. 

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the labour leaders had on September 12 cautioned the Federal Government against foot-dragging on the new minimum wage and allow the tripartite committee to conclude its job to avoid action. The NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, had said that the committee was not pleased with the comments allegedly made by the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige. 

The minister had earlier told the committee to adjourn indefinitely to give room for further consultations with the government on the new minimum wage. The federal government had assured the organised labour that the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage would conclude its negotiation before the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum.

 Reports previously reported that the organised labour began preparation for its nation-wide strike over federal government delay in the implementation of a new national minimum wage, Joe Ajaero, president, United Labour Congress (ULC), said in a communique issued after its meeting on Monday, September 24, in Lagos. 

The organised labour, made up of the NLC, TUC and ULC had on September 12 issued a 14-day ultimatum to the government to state an amount to enable the minimum wage committee conclude its sitting. Labour had collectively demanded for N65,000 per month as the new national minimum wage for all Nigerian workers as harmonised by organised labour. 

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