Labour Unions Declare Indefinite Strike Over Minimum Wage Dispute

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have announced an indefinite nationwide strike starting Monday, June 3, 2024, due to a deadlock in negotiations over a new minimum wage and increased electricity tariffs.

TUC President Comrade Festus Osifo made this announcement during a joint news conference with NLC and TUC leaders in Abuja on Friday. Osifo stated that the decision follows the expiration of the May 31, 2024, deadline given to the Federal Government to finalize the new minimum wage discussions.

“Given that the National Minimum Wage negotiation remains unresolved, the agreed wage has not been enacted into law, the electricity tariff hike persists, and the consumer categorization into bands continues, Nigerian workers are compelled to initiate an indefinite nationwide industrial action starting Monday, June 3, 2024, to press our demands,” Osifo declared.

The organized labour had previously withdrawn from negotiations, rejecting two Federal Government proposals, including the latest offer of N60,000, as they demand a minimum wage of N497,000. Consequently, both unions have issued a notice for an indefinite nationwide strike until the Federal Government is prepared to renegotiate.

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