Posted by Grand News | 22 October 2018 | 643 times
Unless the federal government agrees to its demand of N30,000 minimum wage, organised labour has vowed to embark on a fresh nationwide strike from November 6.
The trade union movement, said on Sunday there is no going back on the strike action if a minimum wage bill of N30,000 is not before the National Assembly for passage into law, even as it accused the Buhari government of littering the path to a new minimum wage with betrayal, resistance, half-truths.
“If nothing is responsibly done by the Federal Government to meet our demands, on Monday, the 6th day of November, we shall embark on a nationwide strike to compel this government to show more sensitivity to the plight of Nigerians and the suffering that is decimating our people on daily basis,” presidents of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, Trade Union Congress (TUC) Bobboi Bala Kaigama and United Labour Congress (ULC) Joe Ajaero said in a statement.
Organized labour insisted that it was not true that N30,000 was proposed as the new national minimum wage, neither was it true that the committee did not agree on a figure during its last sitting.
“We accepted N30,000 as a compromise to demonstrate the willingness of Nigerian workers to make sacrifices towards nation building. Anything to the contrary, no matter the quantum and character of the din or how well couched it may appear, cannot be true. Resorting to Goebbelsianism at this time of national emergency which requires men and women of integrity is rather unfortunate and cannot suddenly make the brazen falsehoods truths,” the Labour leaders said.
They tasked the Organized Private Sector (OPS) as represented in the Tripartite Committee to speak the truth of what transpired in the rescheduled meeting before the Labour Minister came out to announce that no agreement was reached on the figure of a new minimum wage.
“We cannot continue discussing a figure that has already been agreed procedurally within the Committee. What we are waiting for is for the Federal Government to immediately set in motion the necessary machinery for turning the agreement into a Bill for onward submission to the NASS where we expect the Presidency to work together with the Legislators to make it a law so that it can be implemented. Quickly,” the statement reads.
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