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Minimum wage indefinite strike: No more excuses- NLC to Tinubu



Strike relaxed not suspended, no compromise- Labour assures

Organized Labour, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have said they would not accept excuses from President Tinubu’s administration.


Organized labour said this as Nigeria workers are to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike on Monday, June 3. Labour said it was worried that the federal government which never delays nor consults with stakeholders in announcing hard policies would continue to give excuses when it comes to workers’ welfare and demand.


In a statement, on Friday, May 31, signed by NLC and TUC presidents, Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo respectively, Labour said the Monday indefinite strike would hold.


Labour said all demands for the reversal of the electricity tariff and fuel subsidy removal were not adhered to by Tinubu’s government.


Labour further regretted that in the Tripartite Minimum Wage Committee, the federal government showed it had no plan to ensure that a new minimum wage would be announced the last May. The Nigerian workers union added that Tinubu’s government applied delay and excuse tactics in all meetings it had with labour for a new minimum wage that would address the harsh effects of its economic policies.


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“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.


“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 not reversed and categorizations of consumers into the Bands not stopped as demanded; Nigerian workers are compelled by these failures to embark on an indefinite strike nationwide industrial action beginning on Monday, the 3rd of June, 2024 to press home our demands.


“We cannot accept any further delays or excuses. The welfare of Nigerian workers and people is non-negotiable and we are ready to take all necessary steps to ensure that their rights are protected and their voices heard,” the statement signed by Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo, read in part.