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Minimum wage: Prepare for strike, NLC tells workers

Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

 

The Nigeria Labour Congress has requested state councils of the union to organize for an indefinite strike if the Federal Authorities fails to simply accept its calls for on the consequential adjustment of salaries as a results of the brand new minimal wage by October 16, 2019.

NLC’s place was contained in a letter signed by its Normal Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja and made out there to reporters in Abuja on Sunday.

In a transfer to douse stress, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has referred to as a gathering with labour and the Joint Nationwide Public Service Negotiating Council tomorrow.

After the primary part of negotiations collapsed attributable to proportion variations between the 2 events, the Federal Authorities negotiating crew and the JNPNC, which is representing labour unions within the negotiation for the total implementation of the brand new minimal wage, will meet once more on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Labour is demanding 29 per cent wage enhance for officers on wage degree 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on wage grade degree 15 to 17 whereas the FG had offered a proposal of 11 per cent wage enhance for officers on grade degree 07 to 14 and 6.5 per cent adjustment for workers of grade degree 15 to 17.

The letter reads: “You’ll recall {that a} joint communiqué was issued by the management of the NLC, Commerce Union Congress and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council stating that after two weeks from the date of the mentioned communiqué, industrial concord couldn’t be assured within the nation ought to an settlement not be reached with the Federal Authorities on the consequential adjustment of salaries as a results of the brand new minimal wage of N30, 000.

“You are hereby directed to coordinate preparations with TUC and JPSNC in your state for necessary industrial action should the time expire without an agreement as contained in the communiqué.”

Organised labour additionally faulted feedback by Sen. Ngige, that they misinterpreted minimal wage to imply common wage evaluation.

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The Secretary-Normal of the Affiliation of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Alade Lawal, described the minister’s remark as a political gimmicks meant to distract organised labour forward of this week’s ultimatum.

Labour has given the federal government October 16th to fulfill its calls for or face a nationwide industrial motion.

Sen. Ngige, had informed members of the Nigeria Employers Consultative Affiliation on Thursday that the federal government had but to start total implementation of the brand new minimal wage of N30, 000 because organised labour mistakenly noticed consequential adjustment in wage as total wage evaluation.

The ASCSN secretary-general mentioned that organised labour is aware of what it’s demanding from the federal government for workers.

Lawal mentioned that labour had earlier written to the government demanding for common wage evaluation for workers.

The secretary-general mentioned that labour didn’t misunderstand it to imply minimal wage as claimed by the minister throughout the assembly with NECA.

He mentioned: “From the memo on common wage evaluation which we had earlier submitted, we had been asking for N777, 000 for Grade degree 17 the first step and for Grade degree one the first step we’re asking for seventy one thing thousand.

“If we are asking for that and we are negotiating for 29 percent and 24 percent is that the same thing? So it shows you that we understand what we are saying.”

He mentioned that the minister’s declare that government’s personnel price range had risen astronomically to N3.08 trillion from N1. 88 trillion between 2016-2020, was not true.

Lawal mentioned: “What he (Ngige) mentioned shouldn’t be appropriate. We perceive what we’re saying and we now have informed him that. These are distracting methods. We have now handed that stage. Our eyes are on the ball.

“We have now handed that stage of misinformation. They need to inform us what proportion of personnel price is actually coming from the wages of workers as against political appointees.

“They should do a breakdown and publish it in the newspapers for everybody to see, that is if they are really serious. We know their gimmicks and antics and we will not go by that one. We have passed that stage.”

Requested how far labour has gone with its mobilization for a nationwide strike, he mentioned: “We’re mobilizing. It isn’t every part you talk about. These are methods. You don’t reveal your methods.

“They should let us test it and see what is going to happen.”

 

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