New Minimum Wage: Reason With Us, Indefinite Strike Not Solution — FG To Organised Labour

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The Federal Government has urged Organised Labour to reconsider its decision to embark on an indefinite strike from Monday, June 3, 2024.

The strike is scheduled to be in protest against government’s refusal to raise the proposed minimum wage from N60,000.

Joe Ajaero, the Nigeria Labour Congress’ President, who read from a jointly prepared speech alongside his Trade Union Congress counterpart, Festus Osifo, expressed disappointment over the Federal Government’s failure to conclude and pass into law a new National Minimum Wage Act, and reverse the hike in electricity tariff to N65/kWh.

Reacting, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Mohammed, in an interview with Punch, said the interest of the masses should be the top priority of Organised Labour.

Mohammed, who spoke on behalf of the Federal Government, pleaded with Organised Labour to shelve its planned strike, explaining that the need to find common ground was the reason for setting up the New Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee.

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His words, “The government is pleading with Labour to reconsider its position. The FG has already made an offer of N60,000, and whatever the government does is in the interest of Nigerians.

“We won’t like to do something that will throw the country into another problem.

“Even as we do that, we are pleading with Labour. They are partners in this project called ‘Nigeria’ and we expect them to join hands with the FG as it strives to look for solutions that will take Nigeria to the desired prosperity.

“Our message is that of an appeal and the need for Labour to see reason with the government. That was even the basis for setting up the tripartite committee that was made up of Organised Labour, the sub-nationals and the FG. This was because the government just didn’t want to make unilateral decisions. In any case, the position on the wage regime is not a one-sided thing.

“We expect that they will see reason with the government. That is why we are calling on them to show understanding by not embarking on the strike because we don’t want that at this point. A strike is not the solution to our problem. We are continuing our negotiation with them. The minister and other stakeholders are still talking to them and we believe that we will find a common ground.”