Labour Congress has issued a statement saying it would institute a nation wide strike on Tuesday November 6, 2018, over the deadlock on the new minimum wage with the Federal government.
It accused government of being mendacious with the whole process and advises that the federal government calls Labour to table and resolve the matter once and for all by reaching a reasonable compromise, saving Nigerians yet again from another flurry of untold hardship with the country’s fragile economy from continuous outflow.
NLC says the government should know that the rights of Nigerian workers are embodied in the treaty of the International Labour Organization(ILO)which Nigeria is a signatory. This means is that the content of the White Paper can be reversed to mean no pay, no work.
An employee can refuse to work until paid, many state and local government workers are still being owed up till this moment, yet they go to work.
Also, an employee whose services is not corresponding with what he/she earns can withhold his/her services if clamour for a pay rise is obviously ignored,of which a poor pay is as bad as no pay.
NLC says that the demand by workers to increase their minimum wage from N18,000 is quite justifiable given the fathomless inflationary guide in the country in the last three years.
Labour declares that about twenty four states are in support of a pay rise, while some say they are still consulting.
It is not the business of the Labour minister to speak for the governors, If it means increasing the federal allocation to these states, so be it.
Labour says that the clamour for minimum wage increase is coming at a critical time, the call by our leaders on us to tighten our belts often when theirs are always loosen is hypocritical and one-sided sacrifice is nothing else but punishment.
This leaders cannot continue to live in splendour, while workers live in squalour says Labour.