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Organized labour Wednesday, November7, threatened to embark on indefinite strike action if the federal government fails to approve and implement the N30, 000 minimum wage recommended by the tripartite committee.

Organized labour Wednesday, November7, threatened to embark on indefinite strike action if the federal government fails to approve and implement the N30, 000 minimum wage recommended by the tripartite committee.


According to an online report, the Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress, Musa Lawal, reacting to comments by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, that the report of the tripartite committee was a mere recommendation, said the organized labour was being pushed to the wall. According to Lawal, the union had agreed to hold off its planned action because FG expressed the willingness to accept the report of the tripartite committee.
The union, however, warned that anything short of the full implementation of the report would be met with stiff opposition. "They can say anything they want to say. Why were they panicky before? Why did they agree to the N30, 000? They can call it a mere recommendation or whatever they want to call it but the important thing is that at the end of the day, if we do not get the N30,000, they know what we will do," Lawal said.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that barely 24 hours after the tripartite committee submitted its report to the president,  a group on the aegis of New Initiative for Credible Leadership (NICL) commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his commitment to the welfare of workers in Nigeria. The initiative said the president upon assumption of office in May 2015, discovered that state governments and some federal government agencies owed workers many months of salary arrears and he swung into action immediately. The Executive Director of NICL, Reverend Steven Onwu, said the decision of the organized labour to suspend its planned nationwide strike was laudable.

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