- The Nigeria Labour Congress asked its state councils to prepare for nationwide strike
- The congress said this may take place if there is a breakdown in communication with the government over minimum wage
- The NLC and the government have been unable to reach an agreement since the minimum wage was signed into law
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed its state councils to prepare for strike on October 16 if negotiation breaks down again with Federal Government.
In a circular sent to state councils, signed by its general secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, NLC said this was a notice in case the proposed negotiations slated for October 15 with the federal government broke down.
“You will recall that a joint communiqué was issued by the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Committee (JNPSNC) stating that two weeks from the date of the said communiqué, industrial harmony could not be guaranteed in the country should an agreement not be reached with the federal government on the Consequential Adjustment of Salaries as a result of the new national minimum wage of N30,000.
“You are hereby directed to coordinate preparations with TUC and JNPSNC in your states for necessary industrial action should the time expire without an agreement as contained in the circular.’’
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the organised labour demanded 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17.
The federal government had, however, presented a proposal of 11 per cent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to14 and 6.5 per cent adjustment for workers of grade level 15 to 17.
NAN reports that implementation of the new wage has remained a problem, arising from the issue of relativity and consequential adjustments.
On May 14, the federal government inaugurated the relativity and consequential adjustment committee, which in turn set up a technical sub-committee to work out a template for the adjustment of salaries of public service employees.
However, government and labour have failed to reach an agreement over relativity and consequential adjustments for the implementation of the new minimum wage more than six months after it was signed into law.
“I foresee a strike action. Hopefully the president, his team and the organised labour can find a way out to avoid an industrial action,” he said
Meanwhile, the federal government reportedly started plotting to avert the imminent industrial action by labour unions over the failed full implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage.
Recall that the labour leaders had threatened to go on strike on Wednesday, October 16, if the federal government failed to resolve the issue of the consequential adjustments of the new minimum wage.
However, Daily Sun reports that a statement released by the Ministry of Labour and Employment reveals that the government has started taking steps to fully resolve the crisis.
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