Minimum wage controversy – Nigeria Labour Congress threatens to start strike

Labour unions have asked their branches across the country to urge set for an industrial nationwide action earlier than the expiration of the demand issued by labour unions over the earnings implementation,

Labour leaders issued a story, warning that economic activities would close up on October sixteenth 2019 if the FG did not convene a gathering of the committee on important changes of employees salaries to support the new earnings.

The unions, led by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), conjointly insisted that the govt. ought to hold a final meeting on October fifteen to resolve the disagreements. The federal and therefore the unions have met on completely different occasions to deliberate and resolve the earnings conflict.

The latest meeting was held Wednesday, when the primary section of negotiations folded because of proportion variations between the 2 parties, the federal government’s negotiating team and therefore the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, that is representing labour unions within the negotiation, are regular to fulfill once more on October fifteen.

The conferences all the same, labour unions are getting ready for a strike action if their demands are not met. The final Secretary of Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Alade Lawal, last week aforesaid mobilisation of employees for an attainable industrial action when October sixteen had reached a complicated stage.

He aforesaid the partial implementation of the earnings for levels one to 6 was a ‘divide and rule’ system that might be vehemently opposed by labour. In furtherance to the union’s threat, the General Secretary of the NLC, Emma Ugbiaja, has currently asked the union’s members to organize for industrial action if no agreement is reached by Wednesday.

”You can recall that a joint Communique… aforesaid industrial harmony couldn’t be secured within the country if an agreement is not reached with the FG on the important Adjustment of Salaries as a results of the New National earnings of N30,000,”

”You are herewith directed to coordinate preparations with TUC and JPSNC in your State for necessary industrial action if the time expire without an agreement as contained within the communique” the letter by Mr Ugbiaja to the union’s members reads.

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