New Minimum Wage: Labour, Medical, Health Workers to Begin Nationwide Strike November 6

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Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Major trade unions have directed their members across the country to obey the directive of labour centres- the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) to commence indefinite strike on Tuesday, November 6, as the nationwide strike over the new national minimum wage begins, Nigerian Tribune reports.

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and other trade unions have directed their members to shut down operations beginning from 12 am on Monday, November 5, for the commencement of the strike.

The unions have also directed that all air and seaports, schools, government hospitals, schools, electricity and oil installations should be shut down early tomorrow morning.

The union in a circular written by NUATE, titled: “Notice of indefinite strike action,” and copied to the Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), directed all aviation workers to withdraw their services as from 12 am tonight.

The circular, signed by the National President, Comrade Ben Nnabue, said: “This is to bring to your notice that the Nigeria Labour Congress and other partners in the Organised Labour have declared a national strike as a result of the inability of the Federal Government to agree on the new national minimum wage.

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“Consequent upon this notice, all aviation workers are hereby directed to withdraw all services and join other Nigerians and stakeholders to proceed on the national strike from Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 00.00hrs.

“All airlines operating in and out of Nigeria Airports shall be affected by this industrial action. We appeal to your good sense of understanding in this regard. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

MHWUN in a circular signed by the HOD Admin, Comrade Musa Chara said: “I have been directed to remind you of the decision of Congress to embark on an indefinite strike on the 6th of November, 2018 which was earlier communicated to you … In furtherance to this, a joint meeting of the CWCs of Labour centres met in harmony to ensure a total strike.

“You are thus directed to mobilize all members of your council to participate in the action. Meanwhile, you are to reach out to and work in harmony with other Labour centres and unionists in your State as well as civil society activist to ensure total strike in your state.”

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Also, in a circular signed by NASU General Secretary, Comrade Peters Adeyemi, the union said: “Following the refusal of the Federal Government and state governors to act positively of the N30,000 national minimum wage as agreed by the Tripartite Committee on Review of the National Minimum Wage, NASU members in all the branches across the 36 states and FCT are by this circular directed to, in compliance with the Organised Labour’s position, embark on total and indefinite strike action effective 12.01a.m on 6th November, 2018.”

NULGE, in a circular directed to all national officers, state presidents and the secretary said: “I have the directive to request you to urgently mobilise all members in your state chapter and comply with this decision. And because of the usual antics of government, on matters like this one, please be further informed that under no circumstance should you be cowed, forced or threatened to do otherwise on any guise by your state government except they are willing and ready to comply with the agreement reached by the tripartite committee on this matter.”

In a statement directed to all branch chairman and signed by Kingsley Okayi, Senior Assistant General Secretary, SSANU said: “You are hereby directed to liaise with your state councils of the NLC and participate actively in the total and indefinite strike action commencing from 12.01 am on 6th November 2018as directed by the NLC in affiliate with the TUC and the ULC.”

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According to the National Industrial Court (NIC) of Nigeria on Monday, November 5, in Abuja dismissed a prayer for a fresh order barring organised  labour from proceeding on its planned nationwide strike slated for November 6.

Recall that the court had on November 2, restrained the organised labour from proceeding on the nationwide strike scheduled for November 6, over new national minimum wage.

Justice Kado Sanusi restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on the industrial action pending the determination of the substantive suit filed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).



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