NUT Waiting For 12 Midnight, As Government, Labour Unions Meet
Labour unions in Nigeria, the organised private sector and the Federal Government are in talks over the new National Minimum Wage.
The meeting was called in an attempt to avert the industrial action that the labour unions had proposed to begin on Tuesday.
The President of the Nigeria Labour Union, Ayuba Waba, that of the United Labour Congress, Igwe Achese, the Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, and the Acting Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, among others are in the meeting that could ensure that the strike will not hold or give birth to a total shutdown of business activities from Tuesday.
The labour unions are asking for 30,000 Naira and they said they were not shifting grounds or considering the 22,500 Naira that governors had proposed.
One thing the unions are saying is that the waste in the system and looted funds, were enough to pay the 30,000 Naira new National Minimum Wage they are demanding for.
While talks hold in Abuja, members of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) are ready to commence the strike in the midnight of Monday, in compliance with the directive of the organised labour.
It will mean a total shutdown of the education system, as the Academic Staff Union of Universities had earlier announced the commencement of an indefinite strike.
Workers in the aviation sector have also said they would down tools by midnight on Monday if the outcome of the meeting between labour unions and the government representatives was not favourable.
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Prior to the meeting of Monday, the government had gone to court to secure an injunction that ordered the labour unions not to embark on the proposed strike, but the unions said they were not aware of such court order.
They insisted that the proposed strike would begin by midnight should the government failed to grand the 30,000 Naira request at the meeting.
The current minimum wage is 18,000 Naira and most states have not been able to pay workers their salaries. Some are owing over 6 months salaries.
The last time the minimum wage was increased was in 2011.
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