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NLC sets to embark on strike on January 2

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Leadership of the organized Nigerian labour Congress (NLC) in solidarity match .FILE PHOTO

 Labour Unions in Nigeria have given the Federal government eleven day ultimatum to address their grievances or face further agitations.

They want a draft bill on the new national minimum wage to the National Assembly passed into law to avert the planned protest on January 2.

The ultimatum is coming on the back of the rejection of the government’s decision to establish a high powered Technical Committee on the new minimum wage, which they describe as an attempt to delay the process.

The Unions comprise, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria , TUC and United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC.

President of the Nigeria Labour Congress said “almost two months of the submission of the report of the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee’s report which included a draft bill, no bill has been submitted to the National Assembly for passage into law.”

Reports say the Federal Government is planning to set up a high-powered Technical Committee which is alien to the tripartite process and International Labour Organization, ILO, conventions on National Minimum Wage setting mechanism.

Earlier Strike

The Labour Unions last month called off a planned nationwide strike over a new national minimum wage.

The Unions announced the suspension at the end of a meeting of the tripartite committee after an agreement was reached.

The committee chaired by a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Amma Pepple, had recommended two figures, $66 (N24,000) and $82 (N30,000), for minimum wage.

 

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