– Nigeria’s organised labor unions have insisted on the earlier announced indefinite strike action
– The unions advised all Nigerians to stockpile foodstuff before Tuesday, November 6, when it plans to begin its indefinite strike action
– According to the unions, the minimum wage must be pegged at N30,000 or nothing
The organised labor group has warned Nigerians against its looming indefinite strike action over the minimum wage.
The group made up of Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), United Labor Congress (ULC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and PSJNC said all is set for the joint labor unions strike scheduled to commence on Tuesday, November 6.
The unions during a protest in Asaba, Delta state capital on Tuesday, October 30, advised Nigerians to stockpile foodstuffs to last them for a long time ahead of nationwide strike.
The protesters carried placards with different inscriptions, like “No pay, no work”, “We will not go back on N30,000”, “Say no no to modern day slavery”, “N30,000 or nothing”, “Minimum wage is our right” .
They also marched from the Labor House in Asaba to Government House threatening to shut down banks, BEDC office, the airports and other economic utilities.
Daily Trust reports that the unions said the strike is aimed at compelling the federal government to introduce a new minimum wage of N30,000.
Speaking during the protest, the Delta state chairman of the NLC, Jonathan Jemiriyigbe, accused the minister of labor and employment, Chris Ngige, of misinterpreting the resolution of the tripartite committee on minimum wage.
Jemiriyigbe alleged that the federal government had only paid lip service to laws on workers’ welfare.
He said any form of modern day oppression will be resisted as from Tuesday, November 6.
“The N30,000 minimum wage will afford Nigeria workers the greater opportunity of purchasing power. So, this rally is to create awareness and correct the way and manner the representatives of the Federal Government, especially the Minister of Labor, had erroneously misled the general public on the outcome of the tripartite meeting, that state Governors cannot pay,” Jemiriyigbe said.
Addressing the union members, the Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said the state would comply with the payment if implemented.
Okowa represented by his chief of staff, Tam Brisibe, said: “Delta state cannot be found wanting in terms of workers’ welfare. The state will pay whatever that is agreed as minimum wage. If it is N1 million, we will pay; if it is one kobo, we will also pay. Out of the 36 states in Nigeria, Delta will not be found wanting on the issue of payment.”
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