Labour may resume strike Tuesday after rejecting N62,000, insists on N250,000

Labour may resume strike Tuesday after rejecting N62,000, insists on N250,000

According to him, should the Federal Government and National
Assembly fail to act on the demands of workers by tomorrow (Tuesday), the organs
of the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, would meet to decide on the
resumption of the nationwide industrial action relaxed 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.”


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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