Unic Press UK: The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) commenced Tuesday a warning strike over the decision of the Federal Government to adjourn indefinitely the sitting of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee.
In a Press Release ‘Why We Are Going on Strike’ yesterday, the NLC said:
“The action is in compliance with the decision of the various organs of the organized labour, which endorsed the 14-day ultimatum served on the Federal Government by members of the organised labour, who are members of the Tripartite Committee on the new National Minimum Wage. All public and private institutions, offices, banks, schools, public and private business premises including filling stations are to remain shut till further notice. All those who mean well for this country are to see to the success of this action. Further more, this action is to remain in force until further directives are given.”
The NLC has strongly questioned the decision of the Federal Government to suspend the meeting of the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee, saying that the Committee, which was inaugurated on November 2017 [but commenced work on March 2018] has received inputs from 21 of the 36 states’ of Nigeria and has virtually concluded its assignment.
The organised labour added that the decision of the Federal Government to suspend further meeting of the committee, thereby reneging on an earlier understanding that a new wage structure would come into effect this month, is an indication that the government is neither serious with nor prepared to agree/pay a new National Minimum Wage.