Fresh Strike Looms Over Minimum Wage
There are fears that there could be another round of industrial action following the deadlock in negotiations for a minimum wage for workers in the country.
Already, the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the United Labour Congress have all threatened to go on strike on November 6, 2018, if the Federal Government fails to take the plight of Nigerian workers more seriously.
Th labour unions emphatically declared that if the upward review of the national minimum wage was not acceded to by the governors and the Federal Government, they would have no other option but to go on strike.
In a statement jointly signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; the TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama; and ULC President, Joe Ajaero, the unions lambasted the Federal Government for its decision to implement a ‘no work, no pay’ policy.
The statement read in part, “If nothing is responsibly done by the Federal Government to meet our demands, on Monday, November 6, we shall embark on a nationwide strike to compel this government to show more sensitivity to the plight of Nigerians and the suffering that is decimating our people on daily basis.”
The organised labour said that the Federal Government should rather implement a ‘no pay, no work’ policy as well as a policy that would criminalise the non-payment of salaries.
The statement added, “A nation where the government owes its workforce several months in arrears of unpaid salaries has not sought ways to eliminate it but is rather seeking ways to gag same workers from protesting this crime against them and their families.
“It is akin to beating a child and denying him the right to cry. Has the government considered ‘No Pay, No Work’?’ Has it considered criminalising non-payment of workers’ salaries? Has it considered paying arrears of salaries with interests?
“Of course, it has not! They are only interested in ‘no work, no pay’ seeking ways to constantly gag and put workers in a straitjacket has always been their pastime.”
The unions said it was unfortunate that governors could kick against the N30,000 minimum wage but still solicit votes from workers.
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