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Labour Rejects New Minimum Wage and Electricity Tariff Hike, Declares Nationwide Strike

ABUJA – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have jointly declared a nationwide strike set to commence on Monday, June 3rd, 2024. The decision comes as a result of the tripartite committee’s inability to agree on a new minimum wage and the persistent hike in electricity tariff.

At a press conference held in Abuja, the President of the TUC, Festus Osifo, announced the strike, stating that it was a direct response to the Federal Government’s failure to conclude negotiations for a new minimum wage by the end of May.

“In light of this persistent inaction, we, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), hereby issue a notice of commencement of an indefinite nationwide strike to the Federal Government,” Osifo stated.

The labour leaders expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of progress in the negotiations, emphasizing that the agreed-upon wage had not been passed into law, the electricity tariff hike had not been reversed, and the categorization of consumers into Bands had not ceased as previously demanded.

Economic pressures, such as the removal of fuel subsidy and the floating of the naira, have significantly increased the cost of living in Nigeria, making the need for a new minimum wage even more pressing.

The government had established a committee comprising labour leaders, government officials, and representatives from the organized private sector to negotiate a new minimum wage. However, despite multiple meetings, a consensus could not be reached, leading to the current strike action by the labour leaders.

As of now, the Federal Government has not commented on the NLC and TUC’s latest move, leaving many to wonder about the potential impact of the strike on the nation’s economy and the government’s response to the workers’ demands.

The impending strike has raised concerns among Nigerians about the availability of essential services and the overall functioning of industries across the country. As the nation braces itself for the industrial action, it remains to be seen how the government will address the growing discontent and resolve the ongoing dispute with the labour unions.

Stay tuned for updates on this developing story as we closely monitor the situation and its potential implications for the Nigerian workforce and economy.

Efecha Gold
Efecha Gold
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