Minimum Wage: Labour Declares Nation wide Strike - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, May 31, 2024

Minimum Wage: Labour Declares Nation wide Strike

The Organized  Labour including the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) has declared a nationwide strike beginning from Monday, 3rd June , 2024 over the inability of the tripartite committee’s to conclude negotiation and agree on a new minimum wage and hike in electricity tariff. 

The President of the TUC Festus Osifo announced the strike at a joint news conference with the leadership of the NLC in Abuja on Friday, saying  government failed to meet up with the May 31, 2024 ultimatum given by both unions to conclude negotiation and agree on the new minimum wage for workers in the country 

“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.”, he declared 

The organised labour had once pulled out of the negotiation and rejected two Federal Government offers, the latest being N60,000. They are insisting on N494,000 as minimum wage.

Nigerian workers have been experiencing serious economic hardship  in the past one year, arising from the various policies of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's administration which includes the removal of fuel subsidy , floating of naira to dollar in the foreign exchange market , leading to free fall of the local currency against dollar and other major currencies in the world 

The Tinubu's administration in response had introduced a number of measures including wage award, the use of alternative Compressed Natural Gas in replacement for fuel to reduce cost of transportation as palliatives to cushion the effect of the hardship on workers 

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