Minimum Wage: Labour Threatens November 6 Shutdown

The organized labour has threatened to embark on a fresh nationwide industrial action on November 6.

According to the groups – Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) – they will be protesting over what they describe as the government’s unwillingness to implement a new minimum wage for workers.

In the statement jointly signed by the leaders of the two labour unions Sunday, they accused the Federal Government of deliberately refusing to forward the resolutions of the tripartite committee.

They claimed that after series of negotiations, the committee had reached a consensus for a minimum wage of N30,000 but the Federal Government has failed to take further necessary actions to implement the decision.

Following the turn of events, the labour leaders have threatened to proceed on the nationwide strike action.

While organized labour and the Federal Government have been enmeshed in serious debates over a new wage structure for workers, the Nigeria Governors Forum has maintained that some states lack the capacity to pay.

Government has threatened a no work, no pay policy over labour’s threat of strike, but the union leaders have stated that it is the inalienable right of workers to pursue their welfare.

Appears the ball is in FG’s court at the moment.

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