Following the incapability of the Nigeria Government and the labour unions in Nigeria to arrive at meeting point over new minimum wage, the Organised labour has giving a public notice that an indefinite nationwide strike will start on November 6.

This was contained in a statement on Sunday by President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and its counterpart United Labour Congress (ULC).

The labour unions are not happy over government’s statement that no amount was agreed with the labour leaders at a meeting of a tripartite committee as well as the Federal Government's stands that it could only increase the minimum wage from the current N18,000 to N24,000.

The labour unions claimed that, N30,000 was agreed during negotiation and any amount lower than the figure would not be accepted.

This is the full statement of the Nigeria Labour Unions below;

“It has become imperative at this time that Nigerians recall the events that led to the last nation-wide strike which forced the federal government to return to Negotiation table that they had earlier abandoned. Nigerians should not forget the promises made by the same Government while pledging to return to the negotiation table leading to the suspension of the strike action.

“These are also within the context of the difficulties; the tortuous journey that have trailed the renegotiation of a new national minimum wage since the expiration of the last one in 2016; ranging from the refusal of the government to commit to its renegotiation even after the 16-Man technical committee had concluded its work and it became necessary to set up and inaugurate a tripartite committee to commence work on a new one. All the foot-dragging of the federal government to allow the committee to begin its work should also be remembered and the pressures that had to be brought to bear on them to allow the committee commence its work after inauguration. Every step of the way has been one pot hole or the other.

“All these are clearly not pointers to a party whose negotiation motives are in good faith but expressly demonstrate to all Nigerians that this party was unfortunately willing from beginning to play games on a life and death issue like a new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers."

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