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Labour Declares Indefinite Strike Over New Minimum Wage

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Labour Declares Indefinite Strike Over New Minimum Wage

A statewide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) is scheduled to start on Monday, June 3rd, 2024, in protest of the tripartite committee’s failure to reach a consensus on a new minimum wage and an increase in the price of energy.

The strike was declared on Friday in Abuja during a joint news conference by TUC President Festus Osifo and the NLC leadership.

The decision was made, according to labor groups, since the Federal Government had already been asked to wrap up all negotiations for a new minimum wage by the end of May.

“In light of this persistent inaction, we, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), hereby issue a notice of commencement of an indefinite nationwide strike to the Federal Government,” Osifo said.

“We reiterate that since the National Minimum Wage negotiation exercise has not been concluded and the agreed wage passed into law; the hike in electricity tariff has not been reversed and the categorization of consumers into Bands has not stopped as demanded; Nigerian workers are compelled by these failures to embark on an indefinite nationwide industrial action beginning on Monday, the 3rd of June, 2024 to press home our demands.”

The organized labour had once pulled out of the negotiation and rejected two Federal Government offers, the latest being N60,000. They are insisting on N497,000 as minimum wage.

All fingers are crossed as we wait to see what happens on Monday if the strike will eventually take place.

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