The Organized Labour in Nigeria has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over the non-implementation of the N30,000 New National Minimum Wage structure, Newz NG reports.
This is coming after a meeting between the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government and the labour unions on Monday, in Abuja, ended in deadlock; as both party failed to reach an agreement.
Newz NG recalls that President Buhari had signed the new minimum wage structure into law in April, 2019, during his first tenure, but six months down the line, the policy is yet to take effect.
The workers’ are threatening to embark on strike against the federal government over discrepancies in the National Minimum Wage Scheme implementation.
Chairman of the Labour team, Simon Anchaver said the team has taken a resolution to write to the leaderships of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to proceed on indefinite strike as a means of putting government in checks.
He described government’s foot dragging on the new minimum wage implementation as an invitation for strike action, noting that workers were already agitated on whether their accumulated arrears will be paid when talks are finally concluded.
He said at a meeting between the Joint Negotiating Team which was chaired by the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, both parties only succeeded in making minor adjustments in their earlier positions.
According to Anchaver, while the government team stepped up from 9.5 percent to 11 percent for grade levels 7 to 14 and 6.5 percent from 5.5 percent for levels 15 to 17, workers stepped down to 29 percent from 30 percent for grade levels 7 to 14 and 24 from 25 percent for levels 15 to 17.