Minimum wage: Top labour chief Aremu gives details of planned strike action

Minimum wage: Top labour chief Aremu gives details of planned strike action

- Issa Aremu, general secretary of the Textile and Garment Workers Union, says he supports the strike action declared by the organised labour over minimum wage

- Aremu, a governorship aspirant in Kwara state, asks government to urgently conclude negotiations to forestall the strike action

- He promises to mobilise members of the Labour Party from all the states and Federal Capital Territory on a protest

The general secretary of the Textile and Garment Workers Union, Issa Aremu, on Tuesday, September 25, backed the decision of the Organised Labour to proceed on strike over new national minimum wage.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Aremu, a governorship aspirant in Kawra state under the Labour Party said in a press statement issued in Kaduna that he fully supports the agitation to secure decent living wage for workers in the country.

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He, however, said it was not too late for the government to avert the strike if it would conclude the year-long negotiation before the expiration of the deadline.

Aremu said the Labour Party would not hesitate to mobilize its members in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to join the mass protest by organised labour if no agreement was reached.

“The key to sustainable development is labour productivity in both public and private sectors which is only possible with motivated paid workers and through adequate pensions,” he added.

The report quoted Aremu as noting that government economic recovery would make little impact unless the country end the “persistent crisis of compensation of the working class through enhanced purchasing power which is only possible through prompt and adequate payment of minimum and living wage for the employed workforce.

“For us in the Labour Party, we remain committed to decent work agenda which include payment of a living wage to all categories of workers in the public and private sectors, as investment in human capital is an investment in nation building.” earlier reported that the governors of the 36 states of the federation reportedly said they will not fall for any blackmail or attempt to stampede them into reaching an agreement on the new minimum wage currently threatening peaceful industrial relations in Nigeria.

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The statement by the governors came at a period the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliate unions announced commencement of a nationwide industrial action starting from midnight on Wednesday, September 26, to protest the delay in fixing a new minimum wage for public servants.

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