Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is on the verge of going on strike should the federal government failed to address its demand. The union has written a letter to state councils of its body to prepare for an indefinite strike in the event that the federal government disagrees with its demands on the consequential adjustment of salaries as a result of the new minimum wage by October 16, this year.
The Union and the Federal government had initially met to discuss way forward, but both parties left the meeting without reaching any concrete agreement based on percentage differences between them.
Meanwhile, the federal government representative and the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council, which stands-in for the labor unions in the negotiation for the total implementation of the new minimum wage, will meet again Tuesday, October 15, to continue talks.
The Nigerian Labour Congress is asking for 29 per cent salary increase for officers on salary level 07 to 14 and 24 per cent adjustment for officers on salary grade level 15 to 17 while the Federal Government had presented a proposal of 11 percent salary increase for officers on grade level 07 to 14 and 6.5 percent adjustment for officers of grade level 15 to 17.
The letter that was written to state arms reads, “You will recall that a joint communiqué was issued by the leadership of the NLC, Trade Union Congress and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council stating that after two weeks from the date of the said communiqué, industrial harmony could not be guaranteed in the country should an agreement not be reached with the government on the consequential adjustment of salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000.
“You are hereby directed to coordinate preparations with TUC and JPSNC in your state for necessary industrial action should the time expire without an agreement as contained in the communiqué.”