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Minimum Wage: FG fails to stop labour from starting strike Tuesday

by Joshua Bassey

November 5, 2018 | 6:26 am
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The Federal Government on Sunday failed to stop the organised labour from commencing its nationwide strike from Tuesday, November 6.

Consequently, the strike jointly called by the NLC, TUC and ULC is starting as planned.
The Federal Government on Friday secured a restraining order from the National Industrial Court (NIC) to stop the strike but labour said it was not aware of any such court order restraining them.

Labour said there was no going back on the strike unless government sign the N30,000 arrived at by the tripartite minimum wage committee, into effect.

But Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, is hopeful that the tripartite committee which meeting continues on Monday, November 5, in Abuja would resolve the impasse by agreeing on a figure which will then be passed to President Mohammed Buhari to finalise .

The NLC, TUC and United Labour Congress (ULC) on Friday addressed the press and insisted the strike would commence on Tuesday.

Ayuba Wabba, the NLC present said that members should be steadfast and dedicated to achieve their objective as workers would never receive improved welfare except through struggle. He also said that the ‘no work no pay’ rule by the government was wrong as it negates the labour law and international convention to which Nigeria was a signatory.

He urged private employers to cooperate with labour for the strike to be successful.

Joe Ajaero, ULC president, reiterated that labour would not hesitate to stop the strike if the government fulfilled its N30,000 minimum wage demand. Ajaero said that labour would continue to meet and negotiate with the government until midnight of the expiration of the strike.

He however said that the labour body had not received any court injunction to stop the strike contrary to any report.

“We are not aware of any court injunction. we will not discuss it because it is speculative. We advise that the minimum wage committee be allowed to submit its report,” Ajaero said

Kaigama, TUC president, said the door of the organise labour remained open for discussion and advised that the report reached by the committee be submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Federal Ministry of Labour had said negotiation on the issue resume on Sunday “despite an injunction of the National Industrial Court (NIC) restraining the organised labour from embarking on strike.”

Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment said that the conciliation meeting involving labour, the OPS government scheduled for Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will hold to advance discussion on the minimum wage.

“This will be followed on Monday, November 5, 2018 by 11:00 a.m the meeting of the national tripartite minimum wage committee at the same venue.”

 

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