- Nigerian Labour Congress said it will hold a nationwide strike on Tuesday, January 8
- The NLC clarified that it has not decided to embark on strike yet
- The labour union, therefore, urged the public to disregard the report that the strike would begin on January 8
The Nigeria Labour Congress says it will hold a nationwide protest on Tuesday, January 8, to drive its demand for the upward review of the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.
The general secretary of the NLC, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said in a statement that there would be no strike for now, The Punch reports.
Ozo-Eson, therefore, asked members of the public to disregard reports that the strike would begin on January 8.
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The statement read in part: “It has come to our attention that some sections of the news media have largely misrepresented our action plan in reaction to the delay in transmitting the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee on a new national minimum wage to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It should be recalled that the National Executive Council of the NLC met on December 17 last year and directed that we hold nationwide mobilisation of workers and our allies if, by December 31, 2018, the bill on the national minimum wage has yet to be sent to the National Assembly to be passed as an Act of Parliament.
“We immediately announced then that on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, there will be a nationwide mass mobilisation and protests simultaneously across all states in Nigeria. This does not translate to a strike.
“It is on record that each time we had cause to embark on a national strike, we say so publicly without any equivocation. We still don’t understand where the story about a strike commencing tomorrow came from.
“Already, all our state councils, affiliate unions and allies in other pro people mass organizations now popularly referred to as Civil Society Organizations have been fully informed and mobilized to ensure the success of tomorrow’s mass protests in all the states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“When a date is decided for the commencement of a strike subsequently, we will inform the public appropriately.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government was to resume its meeting with the leadership of the organised labour in Abuja in a bid to avoid a planned nationwide strike by the unions.
The government’s meeting with labour was scheduled for Monday, January 7, after talks the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, had with the unions on January 4, failed to reach a conclusion.
The Friday meeting also had in attendance other government officials including the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed and that of the budget and national planning, Udo Udoma.
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