Federal Government Warns NLC, TUC Against Planned Indefinite Strike

The Federal Government has cautioned the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) against abandoning ongoing negotiations over the new minimum wage.

The government has urged the organized labor groups to suspend their planned nationwide indefinite strike set to commence on Monday, June 3.

In a statement on Sunday, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, described the proposed industrial action as “premature, ineffectual, and illegal.”

He emphasized that the issue of raising the minimum wage is currently being addressed, and the labor unions have not met the necessary prerequisites to initiate a strike.

In a letter to the NLC and TUC, the AGF pointed out that the Federal Government and other stakeholders in the Tripartite Committee on the determination of a new national minimum wage have not concluded negotiations.

Fagbemi argued that, given that federal and state governments are not the sole employers to be affected by a new national minimum wage, it is crucial to balance the interests and capacities of all employers, including the organized private sector, to determine an appropriate wage for the broader working population.

Additionally, the AGF highlighted that an order from the National Industrial Court (NIC) prohibiting the two labor unions from striking remains in effect and has not been overturned.

He urged the unions to reconsider their planned strike and return to the negotiation table.

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