Nationwide strike looms
There is the possibility of Nigeria being hit by another round of nationwide strike from Tuesday as organized labour is set to mount pressure on the government to meet its demand for an upward review of the N18,000 minimum wage for workers.
The position of labour on its demand for increased wages will be made public during a high-level meeting scheduled for Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, on Monday amidst stalled negotiations with the Nigerian government on the matter.
President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba who says the organized labour will come out with a clear-cut position on the minimum wage issue at the meeting stresses that workers’ demands are justifiable due to present economic realities.
Wabba says the Nigerian government can afford to pay a new minimum wage, adding that no state government should have an excuse for owing workers’ pay in spite of the series of bailouts handed them by the Buhari-led govt.
The organized labour had on 12 September issued a 14-day ultimatum which expires Tuesday the 25th, an ultimatum hinged on the demand for the Tripartite Negotiating Committee on a Minimum wage to reconvene to fast-track moves to meet workers’ demands.