The Organized Labour has told the Federal Government that its minimum wage demands of N30,000 are non-negotiable.
A nationwide mobilisation and mass protest to force government into action was held today across the nation.
Joint Action Front, JAF, while declaring members support for today’s protest, insisted that the N30,000 minimum wage, as recommended and submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage, was no longer negotiable.
In a joint statement by its National Chairman and Secretary, Dr. Dipo Fashina and Abiodun Aremu, JAF said: “ The Joint Action Front, JAF, declares its support for the nationwide mass mobilisation and mass protests being organised by organised labour tomorrow (today) in furtherance of the struggle for the actualisation of the of N30,000 as the new Minimum Wage, which was agreed and endorsed by all parties in the Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee.
“JAF, hereby, urges its affiliates, allies and other pro-Labour civil society organisations to mobilise their members across the country to join forces with organised labour in their respective locations on January 8 to sensitise Nigerians on the necessity of a general strike to enforce the N30, 000 Minimum Wage against the anti-poor stand of governors, employers and Buhari’s government.”
The General Secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, said that when a date for the strike is chosen, the public would be duly noted.
“We immediately announced then that on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, there will be a nationwide mass mobilisation and protests simultaneously across all states in Nigeria.
“This does not translate to a strike. It is on record that each time we had cause to embark on a national strike, we say so publicly without any equivocation.
“When a date is decided for the commencement of a strike subsequently, we will inform the public appropriately.”