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New Minimum Wage: Labour Set For 2-Day Warning Strike

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Organised Labour has directed workers in local governments and civil/public services to proceed on a two-day warning strike in Ogun State over failure of the state government to implement the new national minimum wage.

This directive was issued at the end of an emergency meeting of the labour force, held on Monday in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

A communique issued at the end of the meeting was jointly signed by the state chairman of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Fajobi Olubunmi, his Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) counterpart, Bankole Emmanuel, chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Folorunso Olanrewaju and the Coordinating Secretary, Adebiyi Olusegun.

The NLC chairman read the communique shortly after the meeting at the Ogun NLC Secretariat.

He said the call for the warning strike scheduled to hold on Thursday and Friday, had become imperative in the face of the state government’s failure to open negotiation on the implementation of the new national minimum wage.

The communique reads in part:

“The Organised Labour has demonstrated maturity of perseverance and respect to the Rule of Law. It has come to the turn of the states that comply with the new national minimum wage by simply setting up negotiation comment that will address itself particularly to determining the consequential adjustments of the newly signed wage law.

“It is distressing to note that the Ogun State government has elected to deliberately ignore our letters and various calls for the constitution of the negotiation committee.

“In view of the directive of the Federal Government that negotiations must had been concluded by 31st December, 2019 across the federation vis-a-vis the foot dragging of the Ogun State government and having exhausted laid down procedures, we therefore direct workers in the state local governments and civil/public services to proceed on two day warning strike on Thursday, 19th and Friday, 20th December, 2019, to press home our demand”.

In the meantime, in a Notice of Strike Action written to the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, the Organised Labour, said its members would embark on indefinite strike on January 2, if the government fails to accede to their demands.

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