When workers go on strike, innocent citizens suffer, and it appears the impending national strike on Tuesday will not be less damaging.

This is because of the labour unions that matter in offering essential services are beginning to pledge their loyalty to the overall body.

The Nigeria Heath workers under the aegis of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) on Monday vowed to join the looming strike.

The union has directed its members to shut down operations in their various working places by midnight on Monday 5th November 2018 and proceed on an indefinite strike.

According to President of the union, Biobelemoye Josiah, it is obvious that there is no will on the part of the government to review and implement the legitimate demands of the Nigerian workers.

This became clear after it discarded the N30,000.00 minimum wage arrived at by the tripartite committee negotiating the figures.

“You may recall our national body, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the [rest of the] organised labour have called on all workers in Nigeria to gear up for an indefinite nationwide strike, which will commence midnight today.

"This is as a result of the Government’s failure to implement the constitutional requirement of the upward review of the national minimum wage which is long overdue."

“We call on all our members nationwide to remain resolute and be committed to the effective and orderly implementation of the nation-wide strike commencing tomorrow except the government has a change of heart before then," Josiah said.

“The government should be held responsible for the economic and socio hardship that might occur during the strike which abinitio should have been avoided if the right thing had been done. It’s very obvious that the N18,000.00 National Minimum wage is no longer feasible and it is a trivialisation of a living wage.

“Therefore, we call on the government to increase the minimum wage to N30,000 which is a compromise figure agreed by the government and labour and we also call on the Nigerian workers to stand firm and be resolute in the struggle until success is achieve," he added.

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