Labour set to begin nationwide strike on October 16

Labour set to begin nationwide strike on October 16

According to the President of Trade Union Congress, Quadri Olaleye, if the government fails to implement the new minimum wage by the close of work on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the labour unions would be forced to start the main industrial action the following day without any warning strike.

At the end of their meeting in Abuja, leaders of labour unions in a communique said if the government fails to hold a meeting with them and accept the demands on the new salary scale for workers, there would be industrial crisis in the country.

The labour leaders in the communique said they have shown a great deal of restraint, consideration and patience with government in arriving at the demand of 29 per cent salary increase for workers on salary levels 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade levels 15 to 17.

The leaders of labour unions also accused the government negotiating side of being nonchalant about negotiations on the implementation of the new minimum wage, adding that Nigerian workers have already exercised enough patience and restraint.

While speaking on Friday, October 4, 2019, TUC President, Quadri Olaleye said the union has started to mobilise its members ahead of the the ultimatum issued to government.