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Nigerian Workers’ Union Threaten To Embark On Strike Action, Gives A Deadline

Unic Press UK: The organized labour has given the federal government of Nigeria a deadline to lay before the National Assembly the report of the tripartite committee on minimum wage; and the deadline is Tuesday, the 31st December 2018.

The organized labour reached the decision during a meeting Thursday when the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the United Labour Congress (ULC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) met; and unanimously agreed to reject the moves by the federal government to set up a so-called technical committee to review the report – ₦30,000 monthly minimum wage recommendation of the tripartite national minimum wage committee.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, Ayuba Wabba and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) president, Bobbio Kaigama and the United Labour Congress (ULC) president, Joe Ajaero all agreed to serve the federal government a notice with the 31st December 2018 as a deadline to act.

In a statement made after the meeting, the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba said:

“We reject in its entirety the plan to set up another `high powered technical committee’ on the minimum wage. It is diversionary and a delay tactics. The national minimum wage committee was both technical and all-encompassing in its compositions and plan to set up a technical committee is alien to the tripartite process. It is also alien to the  International Labour Organisations’ conventions on national minimum wage setting mechanism,” the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

It was in October 2018 that the NLC president announced that the organized labour accepts ₦30,000 as a monthly minimum wage “to demonstrate the willingness of Nigerian workers to make sacrifices towards nation building.” He also claimed that the sum is part of the recommendations of the tripartite national minimum wage committee inaugurated on November 2017.

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