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Labour threatens fresh strike Nov 6

The leadership of the organized labour has accused the Federal Government of insincerity and impunity in the handling of the issue of the new national minimum wage.

To this end, the organized labour has resolved to stage A Day of National Outrage and Mourning on Tuesday 30th of this month to register a protest, to be followed by a nationwide industrial action on the sixth of next month to compel the Federal Government to show sensitivity to the plight of Nigerian workers.

In a statement by the President, NLC, Com. Ayuba Wabba, the President TUC, Com. Bobboi Kaigama and Joe Ajero of the ULC, the labour leaders describes the no work no pay option by the FEC last Wednesday as laughable and an attempt to subjugate the will of Nigerian workers over the national minimum wage.

According to the statement, instead of the  FEC to show concern and focus on deliberating on how to address the minimum wage issue, huge job losses and nonpayment of salaries being experienced in the country, they resorted muzzling of freedom of expression and democratic dissent as weapon for governance in a democracy.

It stresses that the organized labour is no longer ready to return to table to renegotiate on the minimum wage figure as the N30,000 was formally adopted at the last reconvened meeting of the tripartite committee.

The statement says no further foot dragging attempt would affect the position of the organised labour on the new wage and urges President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently forward a bill to the National Assembly to provide a legal framework for the implementation of the new national minimum wage.

Joseph Agi

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