NLC Begins Nationwide Strike On September 26
Except for any last-minute changes of plan, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared that it will commence an indefinite nationwide strike after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the federal government which will elapse on September 26.
NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who made the declaration on Wednesday after a National Executive Council meeting, lamented that the federal government had failed to show seriousness in implementing the new minimum wage.
His words: “NEC noted that this is against the principle of collective bargaining as provided in ILO conventions 98 and 131 on minimum wage setting process, which Nigeria had domesticated.”
“NEC has resolved that at the expiration of the 14 days industrial action notice issued to the federal government over the new minimum wage issue, and the demand of the organised labour was not met, NEC has given NAC and the leadership of organised labour the power to declare appropriate industrial action or any action it deems necessary.”
“NEC in session accordingly approved and applauded the organised labour for taking a proactive step by issuing a statutory 14 days industrial action notice to preserve the sanctity of the collective bargaining process, and the demand for the tripartite committee to reconvene within a set period to finalise its report in line with the principle of collective bargaining.”
“NEC resolves that all its affiliates unions and the 36 state councils of Congress and the FCT and joint action front communicate the decision of NEC to their members and all workers.”
The labour leaders cautioned the federal government against foot-dragging on the new minimum wage.