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Total Strike, No Turning Back – Labour

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The union made their stand following the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba commented that they haven’t called for the strike to the Federal government since the salary increment negotiation is going on well and it might not be necessary to take a strike-related action.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

After the national executive meeting of the organised labour on Tuesday, they issued a strong notification to the Federal government on the strong and intense commencement to mobilise some workers for a massive strike if they fail to comply with their negotiation on the rising issues from the N30,000 new minimum wage.

This dialogue was the aim of a communique released at the close of the meeting of the National leaders of the trade union side of the joint National Public Service Negotiating Council and chairman and secretaries of the body in all the 36 states of the federation in Abuja.

The union made their stand following the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba commented that they haven’t called for the strike to the Federal government since the salary increment negotiation is going on well and it might not be necessary to take a strike-related action.

The federal government proposed a 9.5% salary increase for Staff between grade 7-14 level while a 5% increase for grade level 15-17.

The council soliciting for the workers in public service said if they had complied with the government, the salary of those in level 7 to 8 would have increased by N5,139 instead of N16, 230 while those on level 8 to 17 would have been N22,036 instead of N88,226.

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According to the communique signed by Anchaver Simon the JNPSNC acting chairman and Alade Lawal, secretary of the body made a plea to the government to recall the meeting to renegotiate with the committee.

In the communique, they challenge the government of an attempt to deny workers the privilege of benefiting maximally from the new minimum wage act signed by President Muhammadu Buhari in this year April.

The communiqué read, “We have commenced mobilisation and sensitisation of public employees in the 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory to prepare them for total trade unions action in the event that negotiation on the consequential adjustment arising from the N30,000 monthly minimum wage breaks down.”

Richard Egbule, The Chairman of the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, said, “the Federal Government has approved with immediate effect the payment of the new minimum wage of N30,000 for workers who are currently earning wages below the new approved benchmark.”

Egbugbe said, “The approval of the new minimum wage takes effect from April 18, 2019. However, the negotiation between the FG and JNPSNC will continue, and the outcome will be implemented from the date an agreement was reached.”

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