Minimum wage: Labour begins serious mobilisation of workers for nationwide strike

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The labour unions have begun mobilisation of workers for a planned nationwide strike over the delayed implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage approved by the federal government. The leadership of Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC), the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) after summons handed out to chairpersons of the unions said the strike would be a successful one.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the ASCSN in a circular titled: “Mobilization for nationwide strike” directed its secretaries to liaise with joint union leaders in their state for serious mobilisation for the strike action. The circular which was signed by the secretary-general of the ASCSN, Bashir Lawal, said the labour unions have given the FG up till Wednesday, October 16, to reconvene the meeting of the Consequential Adjustment Committee. Lawal said reconvening the meeting would enable it to conclude negotiation on the Consequential Adjustment arising from the approved N30,000 monthly National minimum wage.

The demand was made by the vice president of NLC, Benjamin Anthony, who said that Nigerian workers are already tired of operating in terrible work conditions.

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