The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) have threatened to go on indefinite strike on November 6, 2018, if the Federal Government refuses to take the condition of Nigerian workers seriously.
Precisely, the labour unions said they would have no other option but to go on strike if the upward review of the national minimum wage was not complied with by the State Governors and the Federal Government.
In a statement jointly signed by Ayuba Wabba, NLC President; Bobboi Kaigama, TUC President; and Joe Ajaero, ULC President. The Trade Unions criticised the Federal Government for its despotic decision to implement a ‘no work, no pay’ policy.
The statement read, “If nothing is responsibly done by the Federal Government to meet our demands, on Monday, November 6, we shall embark on a nationwide strike to compel this government to show more sensitivity to the plight of Nigerians and the suffering that is decimating our people on daily basis.”
The organised labour group said that the Federal Government should rather implement a ‘no pay, no work’ policy as well as a policy that would forbid the non-payment of salaries.
The statement added, “A nation where the government owes its workforce several months in arrears of unpaid salaries has not sought ways to eliminate it but is rather seeking ways to gag same workers from protesting this crime against them and their families.
“It is akin to beating a child and denying him the right to cry. Has the government considered ‘No Pay, No Work’?’ Has it considered criminalising non-payment of workers’ salaries? Has it considered paying arrears of salaries with interests?
“Of course, it has not! They are only interested in ‘no work, no pay’ seeking ways to constantly gag and put workers in a straitjacket has always been their pastime.”
The unions said it was unfortunate that governors could kick against the N30, 000 minimum wage but still solicit votes from same impoverished workers.
They asked workers to vote out those who had failed to protect their interests.
They further buttressed, “Nigerians are no longer surprised why governance in the nation seems to have become a huge joke if this is how they tackle other serious national issues. Imagine governors’ forum that has six representatives in the tripartite committee jumping in to make excuses after its representatives had made their submissions in the committee!
“We shall consider any governor saying that he is unable to pay as unpatriotic and, an enemy of Nigerian workers and masses. We shall vote them out in 2019.”
The organised labour said since the government was unwilling to show honour and integrity in relating with Nigerian workers and masses, a national day of outrage and mourning would hold on October 30, 2018.
After which a conference of various organs of the unions would also hold and then jointly proceed on a strike.