Minimum wage: Mobilisation for strike continues - Labour

Minimum wage: Mobilisation for strike continues - Labour

- The NLC and TUC leadership have insisted that mobilisation for a strike action continues, despite the ongoing talks with the federal government

- NLC deputy president, Amaechi Asugwuini, stated that labour will only back down if a consensus is reached at the joint negotiating meeting with government on Tuesday, October 15

- Asugwuini urged government to see sense in labour’s demands, pointing out that the meeting which held on Monday, October 14 showed that labour had shifted from its earlier position

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) leadership have insisted that mobilisation for a strike action continues, despite the ongoing talks with the federal government.

The development was made public by the NLC’s deputy president, Amaechi Asugwuini, following a two-hour meeting with the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, Channels reports.

Legit.ng notes that labour leaders and federal government representatives met on Monday, October 14 to deliberate on the new N30,000 minimum wage and the consequential adjustment of salaries for civil servants.

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Asugwuni stated that the labour unions will only back down if a consensus is reached at the joint negotiating meeting with government on Tuesday, October 15.

He said: “We believe that the meeting today will give birth to whatever you see tomorrow, but labour is prepared to take any step in driving their demands home.

“We believe we have done beyond the expectation, so what is needed of government is to reciprocate in doing what is needful in appreciating their workers.

“We are talking about compensation, salary and tomorrow’s meeting is truly the benchmark for action but mobilisation continues, labour mobilization continues, tomorrow’s meeting will tell us the way forward because anything can happen.”

He urged government to see sense in labour’s demands, pointing out that the meeting showed that labour had shifted from its earlier position.

He said: “The impact of today’s meeting is that we have given them the fact they need to the extent that labour will not tolerate anything short of reasonable adjustment in the ongoing negotiation.

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“The consequential adjustment is a matter of percentage. Certainly when you say what you want, it depends on government to see sense in what you demand. As a matter of fact, labour has shifted and we believe we have done beyond the expectation.”

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that ahead of the planned national strike by organised labour, the federal government made a final move to halt the action over issues arising from the negotiation of the N30,000 minimum wage.

Organised labour insists that it would embark on the industrial action beginning from Wednesday, October 16.

However, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, was an opportunity for information sharing and to soften the ground for a final meeting.

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