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NLC sets date for nationwide indefinite strike

Amadin Ogbewe

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has announced Jan. 8 as the date for nationwide indefinite strike to protest the inability of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum(NGF) to set N30000 as the new minimum wage. 

NAN reports that NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said the strike would continue as planned if nothing was done before the set date. 

He admonished all workers to support the movement to encourage the Federal Government do the needful.

He said:

“It is unfortunate that the Federal Government is yet to transmit to the National Assembly an executive bill for the enactment of N30,000 as the new national minimum wage.

“Government’s dilly-dallying on the issue has strained Government-Labour relations with a potential for a major national strike which could just be days away.

“I want to appeal to the government to do the needful by urgently transmitting the bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly.

“We also would like to use this same opportunity to urge workers to fully mobilise for a prolonged national strike and enforce their right.”

The NLC President also re enforced Labour’s commitment to the welfare of all workers and their right to reasonable pay. 

“The new year presents great opportunities for workers, pensioners, civil society allies and their friends and families to put their numbers to good use.

“This is by voting out, not on the basis of tribe or religion but purely policy, any candidate that cannot serve their interest.

“In the year that is ahead of us, the NLC remains unequivocally committed to the national and workers’ goals which include the campaign for industrialisation, against selective enforcement of “No Work, No Pay” policy of government, among others,” he said.

The NLC strike action joins previous strike actions by ASUU  and ASUP all in protest of different acts of the Government. 

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