Organized Labour set to embark on another industrial action


President of Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye, says organized Labour will not go on a warning strike before the main industrial action, if government failed to meet workers’ demand on the implementation of the new minimum wage by the close of work on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

In a communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of leaders of Labour unions in Abuja, organized Labour had said it would not guarantee industrial peace in Nigeria, if the Federal Government failed to hold a meeting with Labour and accept its demand on the consequential salary adjustment arising from the new minimum wage.

Labour said it had demonstrated a great deal of restraint, consideration and patience with government in arriving at the demand of 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary levels 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade levels 15 to 17.

The communiqué said the alleged nonchalant attitude of the government negotiating side had dragged negotiations for consequential wages adjustment unduly, adding that Nigerian workers had exercised tremendous patience and restraint already.

The TUC president said already, Labour had begun to mobilize its members for industrial action before the Tuesday ultimatum issued to government.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, Alade Lawal, said despite the ultimatum issued, government had yet to contact Labour on a date for a meeting.