The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says its members will commence nationwide industrial action alongside civil society organisations on Wednesday, September 26.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC president, said this while addressing newsmen at the end of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the congress in Abuja.

Wabba said the industrial action would become necessary if organised labour’s demand to reconvene the Tripartite Committee on the National Minimum Wage for workers was not met.

It would be recalled that the organised labour had issued the Federal Government 14-day ultimatum that commenced on the Sept.12.

According to him, NEC in session has expressed disappointment at the manner in which the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage unilaterally adjourned indefinitely.

“NEC expresses serious concern at the unilateral adjournment of the negotiation of the new minimum wage by the Federal Government on the day the tripartite committee was expected to complete its assignment.

“NEC noted that this is against the principle of collective bargaining as provided in International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions 98 and 131 on Minimum Wage setting process, which Nigeria had domesticated.

“NEC has resolved to commence action at the expiration of the 14 days ultimatum issued to the Federal Government over the new minimum wage, if the demand of the organised labour was not met.

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“That NEC has given National Administrative Council and the leadership of organised labour the power to declare appropriate industrial action or any action it deems necessary.

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