Nigerians have called on the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to declare a nationwide strike in order to force the federal government to agree to their demands on the minimum wage.
The NLC had asked its state councils to prepare for nationwide strike for Wednesday, October 16, but the proposed strike was suspended amid deliberation with the federal government.
A poll conducted by Legit.ng showed that many Nigerians favoured a strike action to negotiation.
In the poll, 78 per cent of Nigerians called for strike while 22 others favoured negotiation with the government.
The same result though slightly lower was also seen in the twitter poll conducted by Legit.ng which showed that 65 per cent backed a strike.
One Isamotu Babatunde Ololade said he is in support of a strike “if that is what will make FG to reduce salaries and allowances of the Senate and Rep.”
Another person who commented under the post said: “NLC has failed already. Instead of holding their ground before the elections, they collected pocket money for themselves and allowed the elections to be conducted before pressing further. Nlc for their pocket nobody is fighting for anybody.
“Them dey find wetin them wan chop no bi wetin them wàn give the workers. Look small time fg go call them for round table discussion but if u gain access to the meeting, na four corner table them dey use.”
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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