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Minimum Wage: NLC Speaks On Embarking On Strike



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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has denied it is planning to embark on a nationwide strike over the federal government delay in implementation of the new national minimum wage.

Naija News reports that the NLC had recently rejected offers by the federal government for a staggered implementation of the minimum wage.

The Salaries and Wages Commission had recently said the payment of the N30,000 minimum wage would be implemented in percentages across grade levels of civil servants.

The Commission stated that only federal civil servants who earn less than N30,000 monthly would benefit from the implementation immediately.

A fresh negotiation, which was held Thursday in Abuja, ended in a deadlock as both parties decided to reconvene on August 14 for further talks.

Speaking to NAN, NLC president, Ayuba Wabba stated that the congress would apply all available means to resolve disputes in the country.

He said: “We would wish to inform our members and affiliate unions, civil society allies and the general public that the Nigeria Labour Congress is neither organising nor getting associated with any mass action or street protest over any issue in any part or every part of the country in the days ahead.

“Similarly, the decision to do a mass action or any form of protest is usually taken by those organs.

“Accordingly, we wish to state unambiguously that neither has such an issue has arisen nor a debate for a mass action taken place, let alone a decision to proceed on mass action.”

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.