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Minimum Wage: Labour begins nationwide warning strike Thursday

Following inconclusive talks with federal government’s tripartite committee, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed workers to embark on a nationwide warning strike from Thursday.

The strike aimed to press home the demand for a new national minimum wage following stalled discussions with government representatives.

The government was recently issued a 14-day ultimatum over the matter.

The general secretary of NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson issued a directive on the warning strike in a statement on Tuesday.

In the statement, NLC directed all industrial unions in the country and state councils to begin the mobilisation of their members ahead of the strike.

The statement read: “This is to inform you that the organised labour shall commence a nationwide warning strike in respect of the non-implementation of the National Minimum Wage effective midnight of Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

“All industrial unions and all state councils are to commence mobilisation immediately for an effective strike action nationwide. A formal notification letter will be sent later in the day.”

Similarly, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) also said the strike will proceed as scheduled following the expiration of the ultimatum.

Musa-Lawal Ozigi, TUC secretary-general, said the decision to embark on strike was sequel to the resolution of the central working committee (CWC) of TUC.

“Strike is hereby declared to commence from early hours of Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018,” Ozigi said.

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