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N30,000 Minimum Wage: Labour Sets Date For Another Strike

Valentine Chinyem

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The Organized Labour has concluded plans to begin yet nationwide strike.

The industrial action has been fixed to begin on October 17, if the federal government fail to take concrete steps in addressing the issue of consequential adjustments arising from the new N30,000 minimum wage.

In a letter addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, signed by the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Quadri Olaleye, the General Secretary of NLC, Comrade Emma Ugboaja, the Secretary-General of TUC, Comrade Musa Lawal, the Acting Chairman, JNPSNC, Comrade Simon Anchaver and the Secretary JNPSNC, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal which was also sent to President of the Senate, the Speaker of House of Representatives, the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Head of Service of the Federation, the Inspector General Nigeria Police Force and the Director-General Department of State Security, the organised labour lamented the lack of commitment on the part of the federal government despite shifting grounds on the initial adjustments it submitted.

“The leadership of NLC, TUC and the JNPSNC (Trade Union Side) feels highly constrained to inform you that labour has been pushed to the wall in respect of the stalled negotiations of the consequential adjustment arising from the new national minimum wage of N30,000 per month and has, therefore, concluded arrangement to embark on industrial action to press home it’s demand if concrete steps are not taken to address the issue at stake” the letter reads.

“At the last count, Labour moderated its initial position of having 66.6% upward salary adjustment for workers on salary grade level 07 – 17 by accepting an upward adjustment of 29% for officers on salary level 07 – 14, while officers on salary grade level 15 – 17 would have theirs adjusted by 24%.

” The government side on its part insisted that officers on salary grade level 07 – 14 cannot have more than 10% salary increase, while officers on grade level 15 – 17 would have theirs adjusted by 5.5%” they said.

The Labour leaders regretted that, “when the meeting reconvened, it was discovered that the mandate given to the official side to transmit the positions of the two sides to Mr President, was not carried out.”

Labour said instead the government team “offered a marginal adjustment of 1% to what it was earlier offering. Officers on grade 07 – 14 were offered 11% increase, while those on grade level 15 – 17 were to get 6.5% upward salary adjustment.”

“We wish to categorically state that the leadership of Labour cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony in the country if our demands are not met at the close of work on Wednesday, 16 October 2019. While looking forward to your urgent positive intervention on this matter, please accept the assurances of our highest considerations and regards” they added.