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Labour Threatens to Resume Strike over Minimum Wage Demand

Labour rejects N62,00 minimum wage offer by FG
Labour rejects N62,00 minimum wage offer by FG

The Organised Labour has warned that it may resume its nationwide strike on Tuesday, June 11, if the Federal Government and National Assembly fail to meet its demand for a minimum wage of ₦250,000.

The one-week grace period given to the government expires on Tuesday, and Labour says it will not accept anything less than its demanded amount. Chris Onyeka, Assistant General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), stated that the government and National Assembly must act on the demands or face the resumption of the strike.

Onyeka emphasized that Labour will not accept a “starvation wage” of ₦62,000 or ₦100,000, insisting that ₦250,000 is the minimum required to meet the needs of Nigerian workers. He added that Labour is driven by the realities of the marketplace and will not negotiate a wage that is below what is necessary for workers to survive.

The strike, which was relaxed last week, may resume if the government fails to meet Labour’s demands.

The NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) organs will meet to decide on the next course of action if the government does not respond positively by Tuesday.

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