The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC strike is set to kick off today as Labour yesterday insisted on the implementation of directives to all industrial unions affiliated to it to mobilise their members for active participation in the warning strike called to protest the refusal of the Federal Government to implement the new minimum wage.
The decision came after the highest decision making organs of the three labour centres comprising the NLC, the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the United Labour Congress (ULC), met in Lagos on Monday night and resolved to mobilise workers for a nationwide strike beginning from the midnight of Wednesday.
The organised labour had issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to recall the Minimum Wage Committee constituted to negotiate and fix a minimum wage for workers, which was adjourned sine dine on the day its report was to be concluded.
In a two-paragraph reminder to all industrial unions and all NLC state councils, Peter Ozo-Eson, the Secretary General of NLC, stated: “This is to inform you that the organised labour shall commence nationwide warning strike in respect of the non-implementation of the National Minimum Wage, effective from Midnight of Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
“All industrial unions and all state councils are to commence mobilisation immediately for an effective strike nationwide. A formal notification letter will be sent later in the day.”
Meanwhile, Labour in the FCT Administration and the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) had called out its members to commence the national strike as directed by the central labour, the NLC.
The Joint Unions Action Committee (JUAC) in a statement signed by its Chairman, Korede Matilukoro, and made available to newsmen in Abuja called on staff to comply fully with the strike.