March 20, 2019

Minimum Wage: Strike Will Still Hold Despite Court Order – Organized Labour

Minimum Wage: Strike Will Still Hold Despite Court Order – Organized Labour

The Federal Government on Friday filed a lawsuit which was enacted by Justice Kado Sanusi of the National Industrial Court in Abuja preventing the organized labour from embarking on the proposed nationwide strike on November 6.

Nevertheless, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba has reiterated the resolution of the joint Central Working Committee (CWC) to commence the strike unless the FG begins the process of implementing a national minimum wage of N30,000 before the date.

Also Read: Talks Between FG, Organized Labour Continues Sunday – Ngige

The organized labour initially demanded N65,000 but had to compromise following various meetings with critical stakeholders.

Meanwhile, there has been a deadlock as the FG insisted on not paying above N25,000 while the state governments agreed not to go beyond N22,500.

The stalemate, therefore, prompted labour to call for an indefinite strike until their demands were met.

Wabba, who spoke in Lagos, urged Chairman of the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Negotiating Committee, Ama Pepple, to submit the report of the already concluded National Minimum wage negotiation to President Muhammadu Buhari for transmission to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.

The labour leader also said, “It was resolved after taking the report of organised labour of what transpired at the tripartite minimum wage negotiating council committee that if government fails to respond and address the issues of making sure the report is signed and submitted to President Buhari and him putting in motion processes that would transmit a bill to the National Assembly, enactment of a new national minimum wage, certainly, the National Industrial action will commence by November 6 by midnight.”

Wabba also recalled a review of the national minimum wage has been due since 2016 but they were committed to a process of collective bargaining.

According to him, “We dialogued and also negotiated in line with Convention 87 up to a process of taking us more than one year, and at the conclusion of the meeting when workers are expecting to benefit from the minimum wage, all these issues are coming up.

“The demand is very straightforward, we are open to dialogue, but dialogue must have an end. If we must have dialogue for one year and there is no end to that, certainly there is deceit, and we are not ready for that, we will not actually participate in a process that will not have an end.

“This is where we are now and it is unambiguous that a worker who creates wealth needs to be taken care of.”

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