In a stakeholders meeting yesterday in Abuja, members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) gathered at the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) to address topical issues.
The congress through its president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, made its intention known to commence a nation wide total strike after 14-day expiration of ultimatum given to the federal government.
Recall the independent union had been at loggerheads with the current administration on issues bordering on reviewing the current wage law – described as insufficient and insensitive. Nairametrics had earlier reported earlier reasons highlighted by the President of NLC why the new minimum wage bill had not taken effect.
In November last year, a 30 member committee chaired by former minister and Head of Service Ama Pepple was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari to decide on a new minimum wage.
We also reported that the Federal Government’s new minimum wage suffered a major setback. This was confirmed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige who had earlier announced when the new minimum wage will commence.
The latest attempt to dialogue with the Federal Government and negotiate the place of a new wage law was prematurely cut short without duly ticking off its objectives.
Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who spoke to members of press after the meeting yesterday condemned the action;
”NEC in session has expressed disappointment at the manner in which the tripartite committee unilaterally adjourned the meeting”.
The union enjoined the committee to finalise issues on its plate within time frame.
Additionally, the union president said;
NEC expresses serious concern at the unilateral adjournment of the negotiation of the new minimum wage by the Federal Government on the day the tripartite committee was expected to complete its assignment
Based on this and what is apparently an action against the rule of engagement of the union laid down by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the union can hereon act as it deems fit.