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Minimum wage: TUC declares strike over FG’s foot-dragging

THE Trade Union Congress (TUC) says the organised labour would commence an indefinite strike from the early hours of Thursday, September 27, due to the failure of the federal government to honour its ultimatum on the new minimum wage.

This is according to a statement issued by the Secretary-General of the union, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, in Abuja on Tuesday. Ozigi said the decision was sequel to the resolution of the Central Working Committee of TUC on Monday.

“Strike is hereby declared to commence from early hours of Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018,” Ozigi stated, adding that the TUC leadership would take all necessary action to effect the ultimatum on the new minimum wage in collaboration with other stakeholders.

Ozigi called on state councils of the TUC to form joint strike implementation committees that would also include members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and other stakeholders in the state to ensure effectiveness.

He called on union members to be alert for a further directive on or before Thursday.

The organised labour, in a meeting on September 12, had urged the federal government to show more commitment and hasten the implementation of a new minimum wage.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, at the time, said that Labour was not pleased with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who had asked the negotiating committee to adjourn indefinitely to give room for further consultations with the government on the new minimum wage.

(NAN)

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