Minimum Wage: Organised Labour Reconsiders Demand on N1m

Labour Expresses Concern Over Slow Implementation of Agreements with Government

by Ikem Emmanuel
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The Organized Labour in Nigeria has expressed dissatisfaction with the sluggish pace of implementing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Federal Government to avert an impending nationwide strike. As the October 30 deadline approaches, labour unions across the country have begun mobilizing their members in response to the government’s failure to fulfill its commitments.

The national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) had previously agreed with the Federal Government to initiate an N35,000 wage payment for all federal workers, starting in September. This wage increase was intended to last for six months, with the expectation that states would extend similar benefits to their workers.

However, as the deadline looms, only a fraction of the agreements outlined in the MoU have been implemented by the government. The slow progress has raised concerns among labour unions.

While the Federal Government did order the payment of the N35,000 wage award and took steps toward autogas conversion, many other critical issues remain unresolved.

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State chapters of NLC and TUC have expressed their intentions to potentially go on strike after the deadline if the government fails to act. The situation’s resolution is contingent on consultations and reviews conducted by union leadership to gauge the government’s efforts in fulfilling its commitments.

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In response, labour leaders in various states have taken steps to communicate with their respective state governments. However, some of these governments have yet to respond, leaving the unions awaiting further developments.

Despite the delay in implementing these agreements, union leaders emphasize their readiness to comply with directives from their national leadership, ensuring that the interests of workers are upheld. The labour unions are closely monitoring the situation, prepared to take necessary actions if the government fails to meet its obligations.

The outcome of this situation will significantly impact the welfare of Nigerian workers, and as the October 30 deadline approaches, all parties involved will be closely watched.

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