NLC and TUc labour strike

The Organised Labour has firmly rejected the proposed minimum wage of N62,000 or N100,000, referring to it as a “starvation wage” for Nigerian workers.

They are standing by their demand of N250,000 as the living wage for the average Nigerian worker, as discussed during the last meeting of the Tripartite Committee on Minimum Wage.

Chris Onyeka, Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, reiterated this stance during an appearance on Channels Television’s The Morning Brief show on Monday.

If the government fails to meet the demands of the workers by this deadline, the NLC and TUC will convene to discuss the possibility of resuming the nationwide industrial action that was temporarily halted last week.

“Our position is very clear. We have never considered accepting N62,000 or any other wage that we know is below what we know is able to take Nigerian workers home. We will not negotiate a starvation wage.

“We have never contemplated N100,000 let alone N62,000. We are still at N250,000, that is where we are, and that is what we considered enough concession to the government and the other social partners in this particular situation. We are not just driven by frivolities but the realities of the market place; realities of things we buy every day, bag of rice, yam, garri, and all of that.

“The Federal Government and the National Assembly have the call now. It is not our call. Our demand is there for them (the government) to look at and send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly, and for the National Assembly to look at what we have demanded, the various fact of the law, and then come up with a National Minimum Act that meets our demands.”

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He continued: “If that does not meet our demand, we have given the Federal Government a one-week notice to look at the issues and that one week expires tomorrow (Tuesday). If after tomorrow, we have not seen any tangible response from the government, the organs of the Organised Labour will meet to decide on what next.

“It was clear what we said. We said we are relaxing a nationwide indefinite strike. It’s like putting a pause on it.

“So, if you put a pause on something and the organs that govern us as trade unions decide that we should remove that pause, it means that we go back to what was in existence before.”

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