36 state councils of the Nigeria Labour Congress is set to begin it nationwide strike. The NLC strike is set to commence on September 27 2018. The General-Secretary of the NLC, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, gave this directive in a bulletin on the planned strike. The notice was issued in Abuja on Thursday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the NLC adopted the strike as an option, due to what is by the Federal Government as the lack of faith to negotiate a long-overdue minimum wage with workers.
He noted that the decision to embark on strike action followed the resolve reached by the central working committee of organised labour on the issue on September 12.
The NLC had oftentimes advised the FG against interfering with the wage issue and allowing third-party committee set up by the government to finalize its obligation.
NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, also stated that the committee was not contented with comments attributed to the Minister of Labour and Employment – Dr Chris Ngige on the wage issue.
Ngige was reported as directing the committee to adjourn indefinitely, to give room for further consultations with government on the matter, a directive regarded by labour as showing disregard to the plight of workers.
The government had previously promised workers that it would announce a new minimum wage this month, to show its commitment to addressing the predicament of workers over poor pay.
Public sector workers in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation have been struggling with slave-wage salaries over the years. Political office holders, including members of the bicameral parliament, have been collecting some of the biggest wages in the world, according to analysts.