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Labour Unions begin minimum wage protest tomorrow

By News desk

Even after the Federal Government intensified negotiation on new minimum wage regime, Nigeria Labour Congress, has insisted that the protest earlier announced will hold as scheduled.

The Union stressed that the protest was not an industrial action but a rally was designed to further inform the governments that they should hasten the process to actualise new minimum wage for workers in the country.

It would be recalled that the umbrella labour union, along with the Trade Union Congress, wants minimum wage jacked from N18,000 to N30,000.

NLC General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, who disclosed the plan to embark on the strike to news men on Monday, stated that the action was not a strike.

He said: “There will be nationwide protest on Tuesday by Nigerian workers to press for a higher minimum wage.

“It has come to our attention that some sections of the news media have largely misrepresented our action plan in reaction to the delay in transmitting the recommendations of the Tripartite Committee on a new national minimum wage to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It should be recalled that the National Executive Council of the NLC met on December 17 last year and directed that we hold nationwide mobilisation of workers and our allies if, by December 31, 2018, the bill on the national minimum wage has yet to be sent to the National Assembly to be passed as an Act of Parliament.

“We immediately announced then that on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, there will be a nationwide mass mobilisation and protests simultaneously across all states in Nigeria. This does not translate to a strike,” Ozo-Eson added.

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