MAY DAY: Go On Strike, NLC, TUC Tell Members

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Nigerian Labour Congress

Organised Labour, on Saturday, urged workers in the states where governors were not paying the minimum wage to immediately embark on an indefinite strike.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in a joint address to mark the workers day at the Eagle Square, Abuja, demanded an upward review of salary of core civil servants to narrow down the gap between their emoluments and those of employees in other segments of the public service.

In the address titled, ‘COVID-19, Social and Economic Crises: Challenges for Decent Work, Social Protection and Peoples Welfare’, jointly read by the President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, and his TUC counterpart, Quadiri Olaleye, the organised labour asked the FG to set up a committee to undertake the review.

They said: “We demand an upward review of salary of core civil servants to narrow the gap between their emoluments and those of employees in other segments of the public service. We implore the federal government to once more direct the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to set up a committee to undertake this review.

“For Nigerian workers, it has been a catalogue of workplace and trade union rights violations. First is the criminal refusal by some state governors to pay the new national minimum wage and consequential increase in salaries thus violating workers’ rights. We have already directed all our state councils to declare strike actions if any governor remains adamant about paying the new national minimum wage,” they added.

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