Nigerian Labour Congress has called on workers in the country to begin mobilisation for a prolonged strike to drive home their demand for the N30,000 Minimum Wage recommended by the Tripartite Committee.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba in the New Year message said Government’s unsteady approach on the issue has strained its relationship with government and the resultant effect is major national strike which would commence in few days.
Wabba in the NLC new year message lamented that 2018, remains one of the most traumatic for workers especially given the failure of government to enact and implement the new national minimum wage of N30, 000. This he said was in spite of the unimpeachable tripartite process leading to the agreement by the social partners on the new national minimum wage.
He said, “It is unfortunate that the Federal Government is yet to transmit to the National Assembly an executive bill for the enactment of N30, 000 as the new national minimum wage. Accordingly, we would use this opportunity to appeal to the Government to do the needful by urgently transmitting the bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly.
“We also would like to use this same opportunity to urge workers to fully mobilize for a prolonged national strike and enforce their right.”
According to Wabba the strike action becomes the inevitable last option for the workers , adding that labour crave the understanding and support of all Nigerians and businesses.
“We would want to assure workers that their labour, patience and diligence will not be in vain and that this leadership remains committed to giving all that it takes to ensure that they get just and fair wages due to them in a decent work environment appropriate to their well-being”, he added.
Recall that NLC in December has declared January 8 as a day of national protest to drive home its demand for a new minimum wage.
The protest according to the NLC president is to express anger and total dissatisfaction over the delay by the federal government in transmitting, enacting and implementing the new national minimum wage of N30,000.
It was also sequel to President Muhammadu Buhari’s latest position that a technical committee will be set up to review the demand while state governors have proposed the sum of N22,500.