NLC To Begin Indefinite Strike On The 26th of September, If FG Fails On Implementation Of New Minimum Wage

The committee set up by ministry of labour, has not been able to meet up with the demands of Nigerian Labour Congress on the amendment of the minimum wage. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced they will begin a nationwide strike alongside civil society organizations on the September 26th unless the committee completes its assignment on the new minimum wage.

Their president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba after a National Executive Council meeting, briefed news men, saying that the federal government has been so slow on the implementation of the new minimum wage.

“NEC noted that this is against the principle of collective bargaining as provided in ILO conventions 98 and 131on minimum wage setting process, which Nigeria had domesticated”, he said in a statement.

“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 the demand of the organised labour was not met, NEC has given NAC and the leadership of organised labour the power to declare appropriate industrial action or any action it deems necessary.

“NEC in session accordingly approved and applauded the organised labour for taking a proactive step by issuing a statutory 14 days industrial action notice to preserve the sanctity of the collective bargaining process, and the demand for the tripartite committee to reconvene within a set period to finalise its report in line with the principle of collective bargaining.

“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.”

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