Minimum wage: Labour faction rejects proposed nationwide strike

Minimum wage: Labour faction rejects proposed nationwide strike

- The United Labour Congress said it will not be part of any nationwide strike

- The labour faction said the proposed strike is designed to fail from inception

- Joe Ajaero who is the president of the ULC said the strike will not yield the desired result

The United Labour Congress (ULC) president, Joe Ajaero, says the group will not be part of an exercise designed to hoodwink Nigerian workers and masses into believing that their interests are being championed.

Ajaero made this known in an interview with newsmen during the ongoing negotiations on minimum wage with the federal government representatives and organised labour on Tuesday, October 15, in Abuja.

According to him, the proposed strike by the labour is dead on arrival as programmed by the hidden interests of those pushing the agenda.

Unfortunately, this strike will not have the desired impact and would not achieve the intentions Nigerian workers would want as it is seemingly; dead on arrival as programmed by the hidden interests of those pushing the agenda.

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“ULC will not, therefore, be part of an exercise designed to hoodwink Nigerian workers and masses into believing that their interests were being championed while the contrary may be the case.

“We will neither be part of this ruse nor partake in a complete jamboree that makes a mockery of the genuine struggle by Nigerian workers to begin to enjoy the new national minimum wage.

“Once again, we want to state that we will not be part of this attempt to whittle down the capacity of Nigerian workers and masses to earn the new minimum wage.

“It is a planned sabotage of our collective will and desire to see a new minimum wage and we shall not be part of it,” Ajaero said.

Meanwhile, the meeting between the organised labour and representatives of the federal government was moved till Wednesday, October 16, to allow for sorting out of all grey areas of contention.

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A top labour official, who pleaded anonymity, hinted that the organised labour had shifted its earlier position from 29% to 25 % for grade levels seven to 14, while for levels 15 to 17 now 20%, which was earlier 24%.

The federal government has made its earlier position to shift from levels seven to nine to 17% and levels 10 to 14 at 15%.

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