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Minimum wage: Labour may resume strike Tuesday

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The Organised Labour has said that if the Federal Government and National Assembly fail to act on workers’ demands by Tuesday, the organs of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress will meet to decide on resuming the nationwide industrial action relaxed last week.

The Assistant General Secretary of the NLC, Chris Onyeka speaking on Channels Television’s The Morning Brief show on Monday stated that the one-week grace period given to the Federal Government last Tuesday, June 4, 2024, would expire by midnight of Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

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The NLC Official said, “The Federal Government and the National Assembly have the call now. It is not our call. Our demand is there for them (the government) to look at and send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly, and for the National Assembly to look at what we have demanded, the various fact of the law, and then come up with a National Minimum Act that meets our demands.

“If that does not meet our demand, we have given the Federal Government a one-week notice to look at the issues and that one week expires tomorrow (Tuesday). If after tomorrow, we have not seen any tangible response from the government, the organs of the Organised Labour will meet to decide on what next.”

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Speaking on what the decision of Labour would be should the government insists on ₦62,000, he said, “It was clear what we said. We said we are relaxing a nationwide indefinite strike. It’s like putting a pause on it. So, if you put a pause on something and that organs that govern us as trade unions decide that we should remove that pause, it means that we go back to what was in existence before.”

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Recall that after weeks of failed talks on a new minimum wage for workers in the country, Labour declared an indefinite industrial action on Monday, June 3, 2024. Businesses were paralysed as labour shut down airports, hospitals, the national grid, banks, National Assembly and state assemblies’ complexes.

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